I don’t know why people are counting Cowboy out. Conor is hittable and Cerrone has a highlight reel a mile long of KO strikes (or at least strikes that allowed him to jump on a sub). Cowboy’s double leg is also vastly underrated. He gets people down and has a slick jiu jitsu game. I’m not saying he should be favored, but he certainly shouldn’t be dismissed as a threat.
What a terrible fight. They have the guy who just made Cerrone look shot but is also a favorable stylistic matchup for Conor waiting there in Gaethje. If Cowboy somehow beats Conor, then you've got a shot fighter that you've just wasted a bump on. If Gaethje beats Conor, then you have a new title contender and can transfer the buzz on to a guy who can carry it. It's just awful matchmaking.
The takeaway, as usual, is that MMA fans collectively are pack of retards with the memories of goldfish and Dana is also a fucking moron who would still be teaching boxercise if it wasn't for his mafia family friends.