And love him or hate him, there's nothing like a fight with Conor McGregor. The structure, the media, the interviews – McGregor has a way to increase the stakes of every match in which he is involved to absolute fever. This time he tests his unique high pressure / punching style against Donald Cerrone, a hunter who is also known for his involvement in entertaining battles. The twist? The fight is on welterweight (170 pounds), not on featherweight (145) where McGregor has earned its reputation, or lightweight (155) where McGregor was once champion. Welterweight gives Cerrone, who had a very successful run at 170, a clear size advantage over McGregor.
In short, this is not a reconciliation battle. It is a fascinating match that most expect that McGregor will win, but this is MMA and anything can happen.
Here are all the details that you need to know.
UFC 246 takes place on Saturday Jan. 18 in the US.
These are the starting times per 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 PM. (ET)
(Note in the UK UFC 246 runs until Sunday, January 19.)
The main card starts at 3 AM (GMT)
The Prelims start at 1 AM (GMT) )
The early prelims begin at 11:15 p.m. (GMT)
(Note in Australia UFC 246 starts on Sunday, January 19.)
The main card starts at 2:00 p.m. (AEDT)
The Prelims start at 12 o'clock. (AEDT)
The early prelims start at 10:15 am (AEDT)
How to look
This year the UFC entered into a new partnership with ESPN. That is great news for the UFC and the expansion of the sport of MMA, bad news for the consumer's choice. If you mainly live in the US.
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In the US you can only view UFC 246 on PPV via ESPN +. The cost structure is a bit confusing, but here are the options, according to the ESPN site.
- Existing annual ESPN + subscribers can purchase the event for $ 65.
- Existing monthly ESPN + subscribers can either upgrade to an annual plan and buy UFC PPV for $ 85 OR buy the UFC PPV for $ 65 itself.
- New ESPN + subscribers can purchase a bundle of one UFC PPV event (streaming in HD) and an annual subscription to ESPN + for $ 85. The annual ESPN + subscription is automatically renewed after one year at the price of one ESPN + annual subscription at the time of automatic renewal.
You can do all of the above through the link below.
MMA fans in the UK can view UFC 246 exclusively through BT Sport. There are more options if you live in Australia . You can view UFC 246 via Main Event on Foxtel. You can also check out the UFC website or using the app. You can even order with your PlayStation 4 or with the UFC app on your Xbox One.
Who is fighting?
Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone
Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington
Maurice Greene vs. Aleksei Oleinik
Claudia Gadelha vs.. Alexa Grasso
Diego Ferreira vs. Anthony Pettis
Maycee Barber vs.. Roxanne Modafferi
Andre Fili vs. Sodiq Yusuff
Drew Dober vs. Nasrat Haqparast
Grant Dawson vs. Chas Skelly
Aleksa Camur vs.. Justin Ledet
Askar Askarov vs. Tim Elliott
Brian Kelleher vs. Ode Osbourne
JJ Aldrich vs. Sabina Mazo
The press conference has come and gone, but you can view the replay here. It was a relatively tame affair compared to previous McGregor press events, but there was some gold here and there.
It is an interesting dynamic. Conor is clearly busy with the redemption tour and Cerrone just seems to be happy for the ride.
You can see it below
Editor's Note: This story was originally published previously and has been updated to correct price levels for existing versus new ESPN + subscribers.