On Saturday night, Jan. 18, 2020, the UFC kicks off their calendar year with UFC 246. The event takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be headlined by the return of Conor McGregor taking on Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout.
McGregor’s return comes after missing all of 2019 — a year in which “The Notorious” became is own toughest opponent and enemy. McGregor seems motivated and fired up to go back to the form that made him the biggest star in the history of the sport. The 31-year-old former dual champion hasn’t won in the Octagon since knocking out Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016. McGregor went on to lose a boxing match to Floyd Mayweather in August 2017, before returning to the UFC 14 months later, losing via submission to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
To get back on track, McGregor will have to defeat the legend in “Cowboy” Cerrone, the man who holds the most wins in UFC history. Entering his 51st professional fight, Cerrone headlines his first pay-per-view event as he hopes to snap a two-fight losing streak. Last year, the always-game-to-fight Cerrone would suffer a doctor’s stoppage loss to Tony Ferguson, and a first-round TKO loss to Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC Vancouver.
Here is how the main event between Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone went down at UFC 246, including round-by-round scoring. For full results of the card, check them out right here.
Both guys looked fired up and ready to go. McGregor enters the cage and fist bumps Cerrone and Bruce Buffer gives an amazing introduction. Herb Dean gets them going following an intense face off. Conor comes out with a huge left hand, but Cerrone ducks it just in time. They clinch and McGregor lands repeated shoulder strikes, busting open the nose of Cerrone. McGregor with a huge head kick and Cerrone is down. McGregor unloading and Herb Dean stops it! Wow! Conor McGregor is back!
Official result: Conor McGregor def. Donald Cerrone via TKO – Round 1, 0:40
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