After a three-week respite, the UFC bursts right into the new decade with a pay-per-view including a main event nearly a year in the making. After Donald Cerrone beat Alexander Hernandez by TKO on Jan. 19th, 2019, Conor McGregor required to social media sites to congratulate “Cowboy” and let him understand that the performance versus Hernandez made Cerrone worthwhile of being the man to invite “The Notorious” one back to the Octagon.
Much has actually taken place since then. Cerrone took place to defeat Al Iaquinta in a five-round centerpiece prior to going down back-to-back battles to Tony Ferguson as well as Justin Gaethje. McGregor hasn’t fought considering that his call out of Cerrone, but he has actually stayed in the limelight with his shenanigans outside of the cage. Whether it was sucker-punching an older gentleman in a bar or several major accusations of sexual assault, McGregor has taken care of to remain at the leading edge of Mixed Martial Arts information.
On Saturday night, the two males will finally contest at UFC 246. The question of whether McGregor can restore the type that enabled him to claim 2 UFC championship belts will begin to be answered.
The co-headliner is a rematch in the females’s bantamweight department, where former title opposition Raquel Pennington rams former champ Holly Holm. The two women first met in 2015 in Holm’s first UFC appearance, where the embellished fighter grabbed a split-decision success. Holm would then take place to stun the world by knocking senseless Ronda Rousey as well as winning the UFC belt. The road has actually been rough for the Jackson-Wink product ever since, and she requires to grab a win to continue to be rather appropriate within her division. For Pennington, a win in this rematch would certainly give her back-to-back victories. The 31-year-old has adequate time to try to make one more run at the title and also a rematch with the greatest female fighter of all time, Amanda Nunes.
Additionally down the primary card is a heavyweight match-up between submission specialist Aleksei Oleinik and Maurice Greene, that is aiming to get better after a TKO loss to Sergei Pavlovich.
Seasonal strawweight challenger Claudia Gadelha aims to display a more all-around ability in her 2nd battle since relocating her training school to New Jacket under the tutelage of Mark Henry. Gadelha tackles Alexa Grasso, who is coming off a “Battle of the Evening” efficiency in a losing initiative against previous champ Carla Esparza in Mexico City. With a gain Gadelha, the increasing celebrity might show she’s a full-fledged competitor.
A battle in between former light-weight champion Anthony Pettis as well as rising Brazilian fighter Diego Ferreira rounds out the major card. Pettis has alternated success and losses in his last 9 battles, whereas Ferreira is riding a five-fight winning streak. This is a crossroads fight for Pettis, who frantically needs a win. He could function as a springboard for Ferreira as the Brazilian tries to rise into contender ship at light-weight.
UFC 246 happens inside the T-Mobile Sector in Las Vegas on Saturday, Jan. 18. The very early prelims air on UFC Fight Pass at 6:15 p.m. ET, followed by the aired prelims at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The action finishes with the pay-per-view on ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET.