Conor McGregor is officially back in the UFC.
The notorious one is set to return to the UFC against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone on January 18th as the headline act at UFC 246.
The news comes straight from the mouth of UFC president Dana White who says both fighters have officially signed the contracts. This will be a welterweight bout and no title will be on the line. These fighters have been rumored to fight each other for quite some time now but McGregor has always met the news with some push back. Now, it seems like both fighters reached an agreement they’re comfortable with.
It will be just McGregor’s third fight at welterweight. He fought Nate Diaz twice at the weight class in 2016, splitting the series.
He also hasn’t fought since 2018 at UFC 229, when he was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight title fight. That fight became infamous for what happened after the match when fights broke about between the two fighters’ camps.
Cerrone, 36, is 36-13-0 (1 NC) in his career. He has the most wins (23) and finishes (16) in UFC history, though he’s never won a title belt. He’s also lost his last two matches, though, on name recognition alone, the fight between McGregor and Cerrone should be an excellent draw for the UFC.