UFC 246: Conor McGregor vs. Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone — how to watch, plus full analysis

He’s back. Conor McGregor will be returning to the Octagon for the first time since October 2018 — and only his second MMA fight since November 2016 — when he faces Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246 on Jan. 18 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

McGregor (21-4) was last seen being defeated by lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. Cerrone (36-13, 1 NC) has lost his last two fights, most recently in a first-round TKO at the hands of Justin Gaethje last September.

The main card begins at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view, which fans can purchase here. The prelims are on ESPN2 at 8 p.m., with the early prelims on ESPN+ at 6:15.

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There’s also FightCenter, which offers live updates for UFC 246 and every UFC card.

UFC 246 schedule

PPV (via ESPN+), 10 p.m. ET
Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone | Welterweight
Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington | Women’s bantamweight
Aleksei Oleinik vs. Maurice Greene | Heavyweight
Claudia Gadelha vs. Alexa Grasso | Strawweight
Anthony Pettis vs. Diego Ferreira | Lightweight
ESPN2, 8 p.m.
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Maycee Barber | Women’s flyweight
Andre Fili vs. Sodiq Yusuff | Men’s featherweight
Drew Dober vs. Nasrat Haqparast | Lightweight
Chas Skelly vs. Grant Dawson | Men’s featherweight
ESPN+, 6:15 p.m.
Aleksa Camur vs. Justin Ledet | Light heavyweight
Tim Elliott vs. Askar Askarov | Men’s flyweight
Brian Kelleher vs. Ode Osbourne | Men’s bantamweight
Sabina Mazo vs. JJ Aldrich | Women’s flyweight

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