McGregor vs Cerrone Preview and Predictions

Conor McGregor is expected to enjoy a routine win when he makes his return to the octagon against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC 246 in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday morning.

McGregor has not fought in the octagon since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov via submission at UFC 229 in October 2018.

Since then, Notorious announced his retirement from mixed martial arts before saying he would return to the sport in October.

He is the 1/3 favourite in the UFC 246 odds and said: “I’m in a good spot, I’m ready to fight. I am setting out for big goals, I am going to kickstart UFC’s 2020 big and I’m going to continue it.”

Fight night information

When is it? Sunday 19th January

What time will it start? 05:00

Where is it? T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

Which channel is it on? BT Sport Box Office

McGregor has a 21-4 record in UFC and in 2016 became the first fighter to hold belts in two of the company’s weight categories at the same time.

His opponent this weekend, Cerrone, boasts a 36-13 record and comes off two defeats, the last of which came in the first round against Justin Gaethje.

McGregor added: “I’ve had my back and forth with Donald throughout the years. It’s hard not to respect Donald right now and at this stage.

“He has my respect and although there will be blood spilled on January 18, it will not be bad blood. And for the Mystic Mac prediction, it will be a KO.”

We agree and the Notorious to win by KO, TKO or disqualification is our opening McGregor vs Cerrone prediction at 13/20.

The fight is 10/3 to go the distance and Cerrone believes that is the bet to be on, saying: “I’m going five rounds with this dude and I cannot wait until Saturday night.

“This is the fight I wanted. Conor is one of the last of a dying breed of fighters and I can’t wait for Saturday night.”

Two of his last four defeats have been in the first round though while June’s bout with Tony Ferguson ended in the second so this could be over quickly.

Let’s take 2/1 for Notorious to win in the first round as the second of our McGregor vs Cerrone betting tips.

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