UFC president Dana White announced that Conor McGregor has signed a contract to compete on Jan. 18, 2020 for a non-title welterweight fight between McGregor and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, headlining UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Cerrone’s representatives said he agreed to the bout and signed a new deal with UFC. UFC 246 will mark McGregor’s third welterweight fight after he fought Nate Diaz twice at 170 pounds in 2016. He lost the first event via submission before winning the second bout with a majority decision.
McGregor (21–4) has not fought since he was submitted in the fourth round of a UFC 229 lightweight title fight by Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018. After the match, Nurmagomedov climbed over the cage and ran toward McGregor’s entourage. Cerrone (36–13) last fought in September in a knockout loss to Justin Gaethje.
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