Conor McGregor to make return at UFC 246, will face Donald Cerrone, per report

Conor McGregor is heading back to the Octagon.

UFC president Dana White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto on Thursday that “The Notorious” one is set to return at January’s UFC 246, where he will square off against “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone. The bout will headline the event.

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It is unclear whether McGregor’s deal is a one-off or part of a multifight contract. 

The fight, a non-title welterweight bout, will be held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Jan. 18. The fight will be McGregor’s third in the 170-pound weight class, and the 31-year-old McGregor will be searching for his first win in UFC in over three years.

McGregor (21-4) last fought in the UFC vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018. McGregor lost via submission. The event was marred by a postfight brawl that involved both fighters and their camps.

Cerrone, 36, is coming off a knockout defeat to Justin Gaethje in September. He previously urged McGregor to “sign the deal” that was on offer for the two to fight.

Material from Omnisport was used in this report.

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