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Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor returns to the octagon for the first time since October 2018 in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 246 ESPN+ streaming pay-per-view card. McGregor, who held, but never defended belts in the featherweight and lightweight divisions, meets Donald Cerrone, who has challenged for the UFC lightweight title, in a welterweight contest.
UFC 246 is the first pay-per-view card of 2020 for the promotion.
McGregor has not fought since he suffered a fourth-round submission loss to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 229. UFC president Dana White has said that if McGregor can get past Cerrone and Nurmagomedov successfully defends his title against Tony Ferguson in April when they meet at UFC 249, then McGregor will be in line for a rematch with Nurmagomedov. White has not made the same promise to Cerrone.
Cerrone has fought five times since McGregor last stepped into the octagon. Cerrone’s record in the bouts is 5-2. The first of those five wins came in a “Performance of the Night” bonus-winning effort against Mike Perry at welterweight. Cerrone returned to the lightweight ranks after that win. He is currently 0-2 in his two most recent bouts. Cerrone lost both of those contests, the first to Tony Ferguson and the second to Justin Gaethje, by TKO. Cerrone’s most recent win was a May 2019 decision over Al Iaquinta.
The UFC has produced a “Countdown to UFC 246” video for this bout. You can watch that video below before the high-stakes battle between McGregor and Cerrone takes place on Saturday.
UFC 246 takes place Saturday, January 18 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on ESPN+ streaming pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2 and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.