Report: Conor McGregor to make UFC return vs. Donald Cerrone in January

Conor-McGregor

UFC superstar Conor McGregor. (John Locher/AP)

The next step on Conor McGregor’s path back to a potential belt has reportedly been set.

The former UFC Lightweight and Featherweight champion will reportedly face veteran Donald Cerrone on Jan. 18, according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.

McGregor last fought more than a year ago, losing his chance to reclaim the lightweight belt to Khabib Nurmagomedov in early October 2018. That loss came after a lengthy break from mixed martial arts that saw McGregor immerse himself in the boxing world.

The Crumlin, Ireland native lost a much-hyped and highly-anticipated boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr., lasting 10 rounds before being defeated via TKO.

McGregor holds a 21-4 MMA record overall — prior to a loss to Nate Diaz in 2016, which was avenged with a win over Diaz later that year, McGregor put together a 15-fight win streak dating back to 2011.

The veteran Cerrone, known affectionately as ‘Cowboy,’ has a 36-13-(1) all-time record in MMA, and is coming off a two-fight losing streak after being bested by Justin Gaethje and Tony Ferguson, both by TKO and both in 2019.

Cerrone and McGregor are to headline UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in January, according to Okamoto.

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