Conor McGregor to make his official UFC return against Donald Cerrone at UFC 246

Headlines 29/11/2019

The long-anticipated return of Conor McGregor now has a date, with the Irish former world champion scheduled to fight Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone at UFC 246 on January 18.

It's McGregor's first fight since his crushing defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov, which saw him lose his Lightweight title to the Dagestan native.

His opponent, fan-favourite journeyman Donald Cerrone, has the UFC record for the most fights, most wins, and most finishes of all time.

The fight will take place at Welterweight, which McGregor has only fought at twice, losing once to Nate Diaz and then avenging the same loss a few months later.

After announcing his comeback, McGregor said: "That will be the beginning of my season. Obviously, I have history with Nate Diaz, we are set to make the trilogy belt, so we will see how that goes, I feel Nate will get the better of that one, and we will contest the trilogy belt.

“Then I will seek the Moscow belt, and it will be against the winner of Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov.”

The former lightweight king is adamant he’ll get the better of the Nurmagomedov second time around, saying: “I will come in sharp, fresh. I will have no injuries, I will have no alcohol, I will have no outside influences.

“I will be fully focused, exactly what the people deserve, exactly what the fans deserve, and we will settle it, once and for all.”