Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor is all set to return to the Octagon against Donald Cerrone at UFC246, which is set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena on January 18.
The fight will take place in the welterweight division. Both McGregor and Cerrone have fought at 170lbs before.
Even though Cerrone is coming off two back to back stoppage losses, fans believe that he has an upper hand in the fight because of his superior grappling abilities. However, Cerrone made it clear that he is not going to grapple against McGregor.
“I’m going to go out there and stand up with him because that’s what everyone wants to see,” Donald Cerrone said in an interview with MMA Junkie. “Someone said earlier that’s like fighting not to win almost, but hell no. I’d rather go down in history as having the greatest fight ever and losing than fighting to just win and winning. I’m going out there to put on the line and throw down and give everyone what they want to see. To me, that’s what I want my legacy to be. I don’t want to be the guy that took the easy way and just ran the whole fight and tried to point fight. Hell, no. I’m going to stand and try to throw down.”
When Cerrone steps inside the cage at UFC 246, he would have fought five times in a year. On the other hand, McGregor would be fighting for the first time in nearly fifteen months. His last fight ended with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov beating him via submission. His last win came against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. Despite the long layoff, Cerrone is expecting the best version of Conor McGregor.
“(I’m expecting) the same hungry kid there’s always been,” Cerrone said. “He’s coming to knock my head off. There’s a lot weighing on this fight so I’m probably going to get the best Conor McGregor out there.”
Who do you guys think wins on January 18?