When UFC 246 was announced it immediately generated lots and lots of noise. The rumors of Conor McGregor’s return to the octagon were true and his opponent Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
The event will kick off an action packed year for the UFC with many intriguing fights to look forward to. All attention is focused on whether or not McGregor can be the dominant fighter he was before Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted him back in October 2018 at UFC 229.
It is a welterweight bout which means McGregor is going up from his previous lightweight division to fight Cerrone at 170. McGregor told ESPN about moving up to 170lbs instead of having Cerrone move to 155, “I know, I could have. I just don’t think he looks well at 155lbs. He’s a 170 [lbs] fighter.”
McGregor’s move up to 170lbs seems to coincide with the fact that the welterweight division is full of great fighters such as welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington to name a few.
McGregor is at a disadvantage when it comes to the ground game as all four of his losses have come from submissions. Cerrone is extremely effective on the ground having won 17 of his 36 wins via submissions with 10 being TKOs. McGregor and others in his training camp have said that McGegor’s ground game has improved. Still, he has to prove that he can stop Cerrone’s imposing jiu jitsu.
Cerrone’s last win in May of 2019 came via a decision against Al Iaquinta. But his last two fights have been losses, one to Tony Ferguson via TKO in June and a September loss to Justin Gaethje, also ending in a TKO. Cerrone looks to rebound and show that the 36-year-old is still as dominant as ever.
McGregor is basically the reverse of Cerrone in terms of wins. McGregor has 21 wins and 18 of them are TKOs and only one was by submission. McGregor’s last win was a TKO of Eddie Alvarez back in 2016. After the Alvarez fight, McGregor went on to fight Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match and then returned to the octagon to finally settle who the top dog of the lightweight division was. Khabib Nurmagomedov continued his undefeated streak.
This fight could be what McGregor needs to reclaim his old spot in the UFC. With a new exciting welterweight journey ahead, McGregor could be on his way to a new title he hasn’t held yet: welterweight champion.
The Main Card will start at 10 p.m. EST. It will be available on ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV). The Main Card will feature fights between lightweights Diego Ferreria and Anthony Pettis, strawweights Claudia Gadelha and Alexa Grasso. Heavyweights Maurice Greene and Aleksei Oleinik and women’s bantamweights Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington will fight before McGregor vs Cerrone.