UFC 246 preview – Conor McGregor returns to the Octagon
DStv viewers will be in for a thrilling weekend of Mixed Martial Arts action as SuperSport features UFC 246 live from the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada in the United States on Sunday 19 January 2020.
The headline bout for UFC 246, which you can see live on SuperSport, sees the return of Conor McGregor (21-4-0) to the Octagon, with the Irishman taking on ‘The Cowboy’ Donald Cerrone (36-13-0, 1NC) in a Welterweight match.
McGregor, known as ‘Notorious’, was last in action in October 2018 when he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov (via submission) in a UFC Lightweight Championship bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. A brawl erupted inside and outside the Octagon in the wake of the fight – yet more controversy following the 31-year-old Irishman.
Yet McGregor says he is focused and determined for 2020, hoping to re-establish himself as one of the best MMA fighters in the world. "I'm looking at this as a season,” he explained. “This is the beginning of the season. Donald was the first one that I agreed to have a bout with, and here we are."
Cerrone, meanwhile, is very much the underdog after losing his last two fights to Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje in June and September last year respectively, but remains an experienced and dangerous competitor.
‘Cowboy’ is also completely uninterested in talking trash about McGregor’s various misdemeanours outside of the Octagon: “I don't say nothing about him. I don't care,” the American stated. “He lives his life out of fighting, that's his thing. I got nothing to say about it. He's his own man. I'm going to try to get in there and mix it up with him. I'm happy to welcome him back.”
UFC fans will also be treated to the co-main event of the night, which is a Women’s Bantamweight battle between Holly Holm (12-5-0) and Raquel Pennington (10-7-0), with both fighters looking to work their way back to a position where they can challenge the dominant Amanda Nunes for the Championship belt.
DStv viewers will also be able to see the following fights on the main card: Aleksei Oleinik (57-13-1) v Maurice Greene (8-3-0) in the Heavyweight division; a Women’s Strawweight fight between Claudia Gadelha (17-4-0) and Alexa Grasso (11-3-0); and Anthony Pettis (22-9-0) v Carlos Diego Ferreira (16-2-0) in the Lightweight division.
UFC 246 broadcast details
Sunday 19 January
05:00: UFC 246 – LIVE on SuperSport Maximo, SuperSport 6 and SuperSport 11
UFC 246 – Main Card
Main event: Welterweight: Conor McGregor (21-4-0) v Donald Cerrone (36-13-0, 1 NC)
Co-main event: Women’s Bantamweight: Holly Holm (12-5-0) v Raquel Pennington (10-7-0)
Heavyweight: Aleksei Oleinik (57-13-1) v Maurice Greene (8-3-0)
Women’s Strawweight: Claudia Gadelha (17-4-0) v Alexa Grasso (11-3-0)
Lightweight: Anthony Pettis (22-9-0) v Carlos Diego Ferreira (16-2-0)