Conor McGregor returns in January against Donald Cerrone

Conor McGregor returns in January against Donald Cerrone

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.