Conor McGregor takes on Donald Cerrone at welterweight
Conor McGregor returns to action on January 19 (AEST). “The Notorious” faces Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at welterweight, battling it out in the headliner of UFC 246. MMA event takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, ESPN reported on Friday, citing Dana White.
“Conor has signed and Cowboy is ready to go,” Dana White said.
According to ESPN, Cerrone has signed a new deal with the promotion and agreed to the fight against McGregor.
Conor McGregor (21-4) is a former UFC champion in two weight classes, featherweight and lightweight. The 31-year-old Irishman hasn’t fought since October 2018, when he was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov in Round 4.
In August 2017 McGregor went up against Floyd Mayweather in the scheduled for twelve rounds boxing match. The latter claimed win the via tenth-round stoppage.
Before that “The Notorious” stopped Eddie Alvarez in the second round to become a two-division champion, earning the belt at lightweight. He claimed the undisputed featherweight title by knockout in the first round against Jose Aldo in December 2015.
McGregor fought at welterweight twice. Both fights were against Nate Diaz. He took the win by majority decision in August 2016 in the immediate rematch, after suffering the defeat by submission in Round 2 in their first encounter in March the same year.
Donald Cerrone (36-13, 1 NC) lost two of his previous bouts. In September he was stopped by Justin Gaethje in the first round of their main event welterweight bout at UFC Vancouver. In June “Cowboy” suffered the defeat via second-round TKO (doctor stoppage) against Tony Ferguson.
Prior to that Cerrone was riding the three-fight win streak, which includes the victories against Al Iaquinta, Alexander Hernandez and Mike Perry. Earlier in his fighting career the 36-year-old American mixed martial artist competed in Muay Thai, winning the 2006 S-1 Muay Thai US lightweight championship tournament.