Return of the Mac. The long time rumor of Conor McGregor returning to the UFC is now a reality.
ESPN reported that McGregor will take on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a non-title welterweight bout. The fight will headline UFC 246 on Jan. 18 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
UFC President Dana White told ESPN, “Conor has signed and Cowboy is ready to go.”
He also noted that Cerrone has signed a new exclusive deal with the UFC.
The bout will be McGregor’s third appearance at welterweight. He previously fought Nate Diaz at the 170-pound weight limit where he was submitted in their first fight before winning their rematch by majority decision.
McGregor (21-4) last fought in October of 2018 where he was defeated Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight championship. He lost that fight by a fourth round submission. His last win in the UFC came in November of 2016 when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title.
Cerrone (36-13) holds UFC records for most wins and most finishes. He previously fought at welterweight from 2016 to 2018. He returned to lightweight this year posting a 2-2 record. In his last outing in September, he was knocked out by Justin Gaethje.