Conor McGregor will return to the octagon to face Donald Cerrone on January 18th.
‘The Notorious’ will take on ‘Cowboy’ in a non-title welterweight bout at UFC 246 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“Conor has signed and ‘Cowboy’ is ready to go,” UFC president Dana White told ESPN.
Cerrone, 36, lost his most recent fight to Justin Gaethje via knockout in September, but the American boasts an impressive UFC record.
‘Cowboy’ (36-13) has more UFC wins than any other fighter (23) as well as the most finishes (16).
McGregor (21-4), who has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past 12 months, has not fought since his tumultuous defeat to
Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.
The 31-year-old has only fought once in the UFC in the last three years.
January’s fight against Cerrone will be McGregor’s third at 170 pounds after his two fights (one win, one defeat) against Nate Diaz in 2016.
McGregor’s last win the UFC was his historic win over Eddie Alvarez in November 2016, which saw him become a two-weight world champion.
The Dubliner has also been linked with a rematch against Floyd Mayweather, likely inside the octagon, with the retired American fighter claiming he will make a comeback in 2020.