Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone will officially headline UFC 246 on pay-per-view (PPV) from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 18.
The fight will be McGregor’s first since October of 2018 when he was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov. He’ll take on Cerrone, who is on a two-fight losing streak after a pair of TKOs to Justin Gaethje and Tony Ferguson. However, perhaps even more interesting, is the fact that the fight will take place at welterweight instead of lightweight.
McGregor is seeking a return to the lightweight title, as he wants a rematch with Nurmagomedov. Instead, he’ll opt to face Cerrone at 170 pounds. Recently, McGregor took to Twitter to react to the news of his fight with Cerrone becoming official. Here’s what he had to say.
“Thank me, belatedly”
Cerrone then took to his Instagram account shortly after, listing out his decorated resume of accomplishments in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA).
“Let this Soak in! This will be my 51st MMA fight and I plan to add new numbers to all these list come January 18. I hold the all-time UFC record for wins with 23. I hold the all-time UFC record for finishes with 16. I hold the all-time UFC record for post-fight bonus awards with 18. I hold the all-time UFC record in knockdowns with 20. I hold the all-time UFC record with seven knockouts via kicks.”
McGregor responded to Cerrone’s post in the comments, having this to say.
“Good man, Donald, enjoy the Christmas dinner. Happy holidays to you and the family, from the McGregor’s here in Ireland. See you in 20/20 with bullseye vision.”
While things are being kept respectful between the pair, for now, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani spoke to Cerrone’s manager recently, who said “Cowboy” is grateful to “finally” get his hands on the Irishman.
“”Spoke to Donald Cerrone’s manager Josh Jones earlier. He said he got one text from Cerrone today: “Finally, I get my hands on him.””
What do you think about McGregor and Cerrone’s comments regarding their matchup?