Conor McGregor is stepping up to welterweight for his UFC 246 clash against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. The Irishman lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov at lightweight in his last fight in October 2018.
But ahead of the showdown with Cerrone, McGregor said: “170 [lbs] is an exciting one for me.
“I like 170. I like what’s going on in the 170 division at the minute.
“You’ve got Jorge [Masvidal] with that belt, you’ve got the other guys [Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman] fighting for the belt.
“I like what’s going on at 170 and I feel good at 170. I feel energetic. It’s what I weigh. And that’s it. It opens up so many more options.”
When will the UFC 246 main event start?
McGregor vs Cerrone takes place at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
This means, for fans in the UK, the action will begin in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The UFC 246 main event is expected to start around 5.30am GMT.
However, this time could vary depending on how the fight card unfolds.
UK fans can watch UFC 246 live on BT Sport Box Office for £19.95.
UFC 246 full fight card
Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone (Welterweight)
Holly Holm vs Raquel Pennington (Women’s Bantamweight)
Aleksei Oleinik vs Maurice Greene (Heavyweight)
Claudia Gadelha vs Alexa Grasso (Women’s Strawweight)
Anthony Pettis vs Carlos Diego Ferreira (Lightweight)
Roxanne Modafferi vs Maycee Barber (Women’s Flyweight)
Andre Fili vs Sodiq Yusuff (Featherweight)
Drew Dober vs Nasrat Haqparast (Lightweight)
Chas Skelly vs Grant Dawson (Featherweight)
Sabina Mazo vs JJ Aldrich (Women’s Flyweight)
Tim Elliott vs Askar Askarov (Flyweight)
Brian Kelleher vs Ode Osbourne (Bantamweight)
Aleksa Camur vs Justin Ledet (Light Heavyweight)