Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone: What time does UFC 246 start in the UK, when is the main event, how to watch

Jack de Menezes
Conor McGregor takes on Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone at UFC 246 this weekend: AP

Conor McGregor returns to the UFC on Saturday night to fight Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone in the main event at UFC 246, with the Irishman set to feature inside the Octagon for the first time in 15 months.

Having last been seen in the UFC in his defeat against Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018, McGregor will hope to put an inactive 2019 behind him and start the year with a victory that, he hopes, will pave the way to a return to the top of the sport.

Cerrone will be no pushover though, with the American holding the highest number of wins of any UFC fighter in history with 23 career victories, and Saturday’s encounter will also see the 36-year-old become the most experienced fighter within the UFC as he surpasses Jim Miller’s existing record of 33 professional fights.

McGregor’s win record compared to fights is vastly superior to Cerrone’s though and the Irishman will go into the contest as the heavy favourite despite his absence, with just two defeats to his name in the losses against Nate Diaz and Khabib as well as his boxing loss to Floyd Mayweather.

Here’s everything you need to know about of the bout this weekend.

When is UFC 246?

UFC 246 takes place on Saturday 18 January 2020.

Where is UFC 246?

The event will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.

What time will the main event start?

McGregor vs Cerrone is expected to start around 5am GMT.

Are tickets for UFC 246 on sale?

Yes, they are still available to purchase from StubHub and Viagogo.

What TV channel is it on?

The fight will be shown live on BT Sport Box Office.

How do I watch it and how much does it cost?

The fight will cost £19.95 from BT Sport Box Office.

You do not need a BT Sport subscription to purchase the fight.

More details on how to purchase the fight are available here.

Will I be able to stream the fight online?

You will be able to watch the fight on mobile devices using the BT Sport app.

What weight is the main event at?

McGregor vs Cerrone will be a welterweight contest.

What is the full UFC 246 card?

Main Card

  • Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone
  • Holly Holm vs Raquel Pennington
  • Aleksei Oleinik vs Maurice Greene
  • Claudia Gadelha vs Alexa Grasso
  • Anthony Pettis vs Carlos Diego Ferreira

Preliminary Card

  • Roxanne Modafferi vs Maycee Barber
  • Andre Fili vs Sodiq Yusuff
  • Drew Dober vs Nasrat Haqparast

Early Preliminary Card

  • Chas Skelly vs Grant Dawson
  • Aleksa Camur vs Justin Ledet
  • Tim Elliott vs Askar Askarov
  • Brian Kelleher vs Ode Osbourne
  • Sabina Mazo vs JJ Aldrich

What are the fight odds?

  • McGregor to win: 2/5
  • McGregor by KO, TKO, submission or DQ: 12/25
  • McGregor by decision: 8/1
  • Cerrone to win: 2/1
  • Cerrone by KO, TKO, submission or DQ: 7/1
  • Cerrone by decision: 8/1
  • Draw or technical draw: 80/1

What are the current UFC lightweight rankings?

Champion: Khabib Nurmagomedov

  1. Tony Ferguson
  2. Dustin Poirier
  3. Justin Gaethje
  4. Conor McGregor
  5. Donald Cerrone
  6. Paul Felder
  7. Dan Hooker
  8. Kevin Lee
  9. Al Iaquinta
  10. Edson Barboza
  11. Anthony Pettis
  12. Gregor Gillespie
  13. Charles Oliveira
  14. Alexander Hernandez
  15. Islam Makhachev

What is the latest news?

Conor McGregor’s head coach, John Kavanagh, has said that the Irishman is in the best shape of his career ahead of his comeback bout against American veteran Donald Cerrone.

McGregor has now finished his pre-fight sparring and will travel to Las Vegas this week ahead of the January 18 fight.

“Jan 1st, last heavy spar today before going to Vegas,” Kavanagh wrote on Twitter.

“Can honestly say this is the best I’ve seen him and I wasn’t sure that was possible to do 6 months ago. You guys are in for a real treat, I’m just glad to have a good seat!”