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Harris’ stepdaughter, Aniah Blanchard, age 19, had been missing since late October. Police in Alabama found her remains earlier in the week. We ask that you keep the Harris family in your thoughts at this time.
The first UFC event and first UFC pay-per-view of the 2020s has its main event—and already, it’s generating some discussion.
Conor McGregor (21-4), who had a quick retirement last spring, only to come back just as quickly, will headline the Jan. 18 UFC 246 card against the UFC’s all-time winningest competitor, Donald Cerrone (36-13, one no-contest) from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
UFC president Dana White first broke the news to ESPN on Thanksgiving Day.
Setting the scene:
Conor McGregor has not made a UFC appearance since Oct. 6, 2018 in the UFC 229 main event on pay-per-view for the UFC Lightweight championship against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov stopped McGregor by fourth-round submission due to a rear-naked choke—but the story was hardly over from there.
After the fight, an ugly fracas ensued, which resulted in lengthy suspensions for both Nurmagomedov and McGregor.
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Conor McGregor was fined $50,000 and suspended six months retroactive to Oct. 6, with Khabib Nurmagomedov getting a nine-month retroactive ban and a $500,000 fine.
The bans could have been lessened if either fighter agreed to shoot a televised public service announcement concerning anti-bullying.
Neither fighter would shoot the commercial.
McGregor has posted a record of 3-2 in his last five fights and will enter the UFC 246 main event looking to avenge the loss to Nurmagomedov.
For Donald Cerrone, he became the all-time winningest fighter in UFC history on Nov. 10, 2018 during UFC Fight Night Denver on FS1 by first-round submission (armbar) vs. Mike Perry, after having his previous bid to become the UFC’s winningest fighter spoiled by Leon Edwards earlier that year.
He’s posted a 3-2 record in his last five contests and will look to stop a two-fight skid in January.
We’ll be making a prediction on this fight when the time comes.
Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone: UFC 246: Saturday, Jan. 18, ESPN+ pay-per-view, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
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