A number of bouts have been reportedly added to the upcoming UFC 246. MMA event takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on January 19 (AEST). The first pay-per-view fight card for 2020 is expected to feature Conor McGregor making his return against Donald Cerrone. The non-title welterweight headline-bout was announced earlier this week.
Conor McGregor (21-4) is a former UFC champion in the featherweight and lightweight divisions. “The Notorious” hasn’t fought since October 2018, when he was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov in the fourth round.
Donald Cerrone (36-13, 1 NC) is a former UFC lightweight title challenger. “Cowboy” lost two of his previous bouts. Most recently, in September he was stopped by Justin Gaethje in Round 1.
Among other announced matchups, Anthony Pettis (22-9) moves back to lightweight, taking on Carlos Diego Ferreira (16-2), MMAjunkie reported.
Former lightweight champion “Showtime” Pettis lost his previous bout in August by unanimous decision against Nate Diaz at welterweight. Before that he stopped Stephen Thompson in the second round.
Diego Ferreira is riding the five-fight win streak. In his previous two bouts he earned a unanimous decision against Mairbek Taisumov and Rustam Khalibov.
The event is also expected to see a three-round women’s MMA bout at flyweight between Roxanne Modafferi (23-16) and Maycee Barber (8-0).
Modafferi lost her previous bout by unanimous decision against Jennifer Maia. Before that she took a split decision against Antonina Shevchenko.
Barber is undefeated in all eight of her outings, finishing seven of the bouts prior to the final horn. In October she stopped Gillian Robertson in the first round.
The promotion is yet to set the co-headline bout as well as the fight order. The list of announced to date matchups for UFC 246 can be found below.
Welterweight Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone
Lightweight Anthony Pettis vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira
Women’s Flyweight Maycee Barber vs. Roxanne Modafferi
Heavyweight Oleksiy Oliynyk vs. Maurice Greene
Featherweight Andre Fili vs. Sodiq Yusuff
Lightweight Drew Dober vs. Nasrat Haqparast
Featherweight Chas Skelly vs. Grant Dawson
Flyweight Tim Elliott vs. Askar Askarov