And love or hate it, there is nothing better than a Conor McGregor fight. The structure, the media, the interviews – McGregor has the opportunity to raise the stakes of every single competition in which he participates to an absolute fever. This time he's testing his unique high-pressure / counter-strike style against Donald Cerrone, a fighter who is also known to be involved in entertaining fights. The turn? The fight is welterweight (170 pounds), not featherweight (145), where McGregor made his reputation, or lightweight (155), where McGregor was once a champion. The welterweight gives Cerrone, who was very successful at 170, a significant size advantage over McGregor.
In short, this is not a refresher fight. It's a fascinating match that most expect from McGregor, but this is MMA and anything can happen.
Here you will find all the details you need to know.
UFC 246 takes place on Saturday Jan. 18 in the USA.
Here are the start times by region.
The main map begins at 10 PM. (ET)
The prelims start at 8 p.m. (ET)
The early prelims begin at 6:15 p.m. (ET)
(Note in UK UFC 246 runs until January 19).
The main map begins at 3am (GMT) GMT)
The early prelims start at 23 : 3:00 p.m. (GMT)
(note in Australia UFC 246 starts on Sunday, January 19)
The main map begins at 2:00 p.m. (AEDT)
The prelims start at 12 in the morning. (AEDT)
The early preliminary rounds start at 10:15 am (AEDT)
How to watch
This year, the UFC has entered into a new partnership with ESPN. This is great news for the UFC and the expansion of MMA sports, bad news for consumers. If you mainly live in the United States.
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In the United States you can only view UFC 246 via ESPN + on PPV. The cost structure is a bit confusing, but according to the ESPN site, there are the following options.
- Existing ESPN + subscribers can buy the event for $ 65.
- Existing monthly subscribers to ESPN + can either upgrade to an annual plan and purchase UFC PPV for $ 85 or purchase UFC PPV for $ 65 themselves.
- New subscribers to ESPN + can purchase a package with a UFC PPV event (streaming in HD) and an ESPN + annual subscription for $ 85. The ESPN + annual subscription is automatically renewed after one year at the price of an ESPN + annual subscription at the time of the automatic renewal.
You can do all of this at the link below.
MMA fans in Great Britain can only see UFC 246 through BT Sport. There are more options if you live in Australia . You can see UFC 246 through the main event on Foxtel. You can also check out the UFC website or 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 Ledar
Askarov vs. Tim Elliott
Brian Kelleher vs. Ode Osbourne
JJ Aldrich vs. Sabina Mazo
The press conference has come and gone, but you can watch the replay here. It was a relatively tame thing compared to previous McGregor press events, but there was gold here and there.
It's an interesting dynamic. Conor is clearly on the repayment tour and Cerrone just seems happy to be there.
Editor's Note: This story was originally published earlier and has been updated to correct price levels for existing and new ESPN + subscribers.