Former two-division world champion Conor McGregor makes his grand return to the cage on Jan. 18 in the main event of UFC 246. The "Notorious" one is set to compete against "Cowboy" Donald Cerrone, in what is projected to be a No. 1 contender's bout to determine who's next to fight for the UFC's lightweight title.
The event will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Tickets for UFC 246 go on sale on Friday, Dec. 20 (Tickets).
Although McGregor hasn't won under the UFC banner since 2016, he remains one of the biggest stars in the game and the top pay-per-view draw in combat sports. For those reasons alone, UFC head honcho Dana White has stated that the Irishman will be fighting for UFC gold if he gets past Cerrone. With a win, McGregor is next in line to fight the victor of UFC 249's main event of Khabib vs. Ferguson.
For Cerrone, the path to a world title shot isn't quite as clear. White didn't say if a win over McGregor would cement Cerrone as the next top contender for an opportunity for a fight for the belt, but a big finish would most definitely put the current champion on notice. "Cowboy" is looking to snap a two-fight losing skid. However, he's still a big name, a fan favorite and a tough out for anyone.
Elsewhere on the card, former champion Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm fights Raquel Pennington at bantamweight in the co-main event. And in women's flyweight action, Roxanne "The Happy Warrior" Modafferi takes on rising prospect Maycee Barber. Two other women's MMA bouts have also been announced for UFC 246, as JJ Aldrich battles Sabina Mazo at flyweight, and Alexa Grasso fights Claudia Gadelha at strawweight.
Be sure to witness the action live and snag your tickets to UFC 246 when they go on sale Dec. 20.
UFC 246 Fight Card (Tickets)
Jan. 18 @ T-Mobile Arena
Welterweights: Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone
Women's bantamweights: Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington
Featherweights: Andre Fili vs. Sodiq Yusuff
Women's strawweights: Claudia Gadelha vs. Alexa Grasso
Women's flyweights: Roxanne Modafferi vs. Maycee Barber
Lightweights: Nasrat Haqparast vs. Drew Dober
Featherweights: Grant Dawson vs. Chas Skelly
Heavyweights:Aleksei Oleinik vs. Maurice Greene
Lightweights: Anthony Pettis vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira
Flyweights: Tim Elliott vs. Askar Askarov
Bantamweights: Brian Kelleher vs. Ode Osbourne
Women's flyweights: Sabina Mazo vs. JJ Aldrich