McGregor vs Cerrone Fight Card : Full Fight Free Head to Head Pay-Per-View (PPV) Ultimate Fighting Conor McGregor is back this weekend. After losing to Khabib Nurmagemedov in in a rivalry that often went to weird, racially charged areas — McGregor is returning to the octagon at UFC 246 against perennial fan favourite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. The press conference is over, both fighters have now made weight. Now all that’s left is the fight itself.
And love him or hate him, there’s nothing quite like a Conor McGregor fight. The build-up, the media, the interviews — McGregor has a way of raising the stakes of every single contest he’s involved in to absolute fever pitch. This time he’s testing his unique high-pressure/counter-punching style against Donald Cerrone, a fighter also known for being involved in entertaining fights. The twist? The fight is at welterweight (170 pounds), not at featherweight (145) where McGregor made his reputation, or lightweight (155) where McGregor was also once champion. Welterweight gives Cerrone, who had a very successful run at 170, a distinct size advantage over McGregor.
In short, this isn’t a tune-up fight. It’s a fascinating match-up that most expect McGregor to win, but this is MMA and anything can happen.
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Here are all the details you need to know.
UFC 246 takes place on Saturday Jan. 18 in the US.
Here are the start times by region.
The Main Card starts at 10 p.m. (ET)
The Prelims start at 8 p.m. (ET)
The Early Prelims start at 6:15 p.m. (ET)
(Note in the UK UFC 246 runs through into Sunday Jan. 19.)
The Main Card starts at 3 a.m. (GMT)
The Prelims start at 1 a.m. (GMT)
The Early Prelims start at 11:15 p.m. (GMT)
(Note in Australia UFC 246 starts on Sunday, Jan. 19.)
The Main Card starts at 2 p.m. (AEDT)
The Prelims start at 12 p.m. (AEDT)
The Early Prelims start at 10:15 a.m. (AEDT)
How to watch
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In the US, you can only watch UFC 246 on PPV through ESPN+. The cost structure is a bit confusing, but here are the options, according to ESPN’s site.
Existing yearly ESPN+ subscribers can buy the event for $65.
Existing monthly ESPN+ subscribers will be able to either upgrade to an annual plan and purchase UFC PPV for $85 OR purchase the UFC PPV for $65 by itself.
New ESPN+ subscribers can buy a bundle of one UFC PPV event (streaming in HD) and an ESPN+ annual recurring subscription for $85. The ESPN+ annual subscription will auto-renew after one year, at the price of an ESPN+ annual subscription at the time of auto-renewal.
You can do all of the above at the link below.
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MMA fans in the UK can watch UFC 246 exclusively through BT Sport. There are more options if you live in Australia. You can watch UFC 246 through Main Event on Foxtel. You can also watch on the UFC website or using its app. You can even order using your PlayStation 4 or using the UFC app on your Xbox One.