Conor McGregor’s return to the UFC Octagon has been officially announced.
Speaking to ESPN, Dana White has said that the MMA organisation are close to agreeing a non-title welterweight bout between the Dubliner and fans favourite Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.
If confirmed, the bout will headline UFC 246 in Las Vegas on January, 18.
A match-up between the pair had long been rumoured, however, nothing was ever confirmed despite McGregor claiming in a press conference last month that he would be returning in January of 2020.
White earlier confirmed that McGregor has indeed put pen to paper on a fight agreement with Cerrone’s representatives also signing a contract confirming the bout between two of the MMA company’s most recognisable stars.
Crumlin native McGregor has taken the organization, and the sport, to new, unprecedented heights since making his debut with a first-round knockout win over Marcus Brimmage in 2013.
Since then, the Dubliner has blazed a trail through the UFC while also playing a pivotal role in bringing MMA into the mainstream. He won his first world title following the knockout of long-time featherweight champion Jose Aldo after just 13 seconds before solidifying himself as the company’s first-ever simultaneous two-weight champion in 2015 when he defeated Eddie Alvarez at Madison Square Garden.
In between, McGregor found himself in the midst of a heated rivalry with fellow fans favourite Nate Diaz after the American handed McGregor his first loss under the UFC umbrella. The Irish man returned the favour three months later by defeating Diaz in what was voted the fight of the year for 2016.
McGregor also managed to land himself a professional boxing contest against all-time great Floyd Mayweather Jr that apparently made him upwards of €100 million despite being stopped in the tenth round.
McGregor was last seen in the Octagon in October 2018 when he was defeated by reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone is a UFC fan favourite with an overall MMA record of 36-13. However, he has lost his last two fights to Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje.