You only need to go back to March 2019 to find when Connor McGregor announced his retirement from mixed martial arts fighting on social media. This followed a loss at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC Lightweight Championship in Las Vegas. However, having remained away from the octagon for over a year, McGregor is due to make his come back on the 18th of January at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
His opponent will be Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. The veteran American fighter was named the 2015 Best Fighter of the year. Two of his previous three fights were given the honour of ‘Fight of the Night’ and we could be in for more of the same with this contest.
Which man is going to come out on top in this eagerly anticipated encounter? Continue below to find out more in our McGregor vs Cerrone betting picks and for the latest Conor McGregor vs Cowboy Cerrone predictions.
1. McGregor vs Cerrone Odds
We begin our Cowboy vs McGregor preview by taking a look at the favourite in the eyes of the bookmaker. That man is Connor McGregor and the Irishman has just four defeats to his name throughout his professional career. Between 2011 and 2016, McGregor enjoyed an unbeaten spell in UFC but is returning to action following a humiliating defeat at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov.
It will be interesting to see how McGregor respond to that defeat but if history is anything to go by, he will have learned from that loss and used it to his advantage ahead of this match. A good example of this came in the two meetings with Nate Diaz. McGregor lost the first match having submitted in the second round but defeated Diaz with a majority decision in their second fight, showing he can come back stronger to beat a tough opponent.
This is the reason why many Conor McGregor vs Cowboy Cerrone betting tips are backing the Irishman to succeed in this fight despite having lost in his previous match. McGregor is the favourite to win, priced at 4/9 with William Hill.
Read on for the second part of our McGregor vs Cerrone preview and for more Cerrone vs McGregor betting odds.
2. Conor McGregor vs Cowboy Cerrone Predictions
Much like his opponent, Donald Cerrone is coming into this fight on the back of a defeat. The Cowboy lost to Justin Gaethje by technical knockout in September and prior to that loss Cerrone also suffered at the hands of Tony Ferguson in Chicago. Both defeats came early and Cerrone will be looking to at least get beyond the second round, which will be an improvement on his recent efforts.
However, Cerrone cannot be underestimated and holds several UFC records. These include the record for finishes, with 16 completed fight finishes to his name. He also has the most post-fight bonus awards plus the UFC’s highest number of knockdowns, which currently stands at 20. In addition, Cerrone holds the second most wins in UFC Lightweight history (17) plus the third most finishes in UFC Lightweight history (10). Nonetheless, it pays to remember that this fight is in the welterweight division.
There is no doubt that Cerrone has the ability to step up and cause anyone problems on his day but William Hill have the American as the outsider to win this fight. The McGregor vs Cerrone betting odds have the latter at 7/4 to come out on top.
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3. Cerrone vs McGregor Betting Tips
McGregor is making a comeback after a period outside the octagon and will be keen to shake off any cobwebs early in the fight. This could see the Irishman attacking hard from the first second, swinging plenty of punches and hoping to catch Cerrone with an early blow.
Cerrone has been knocked out within the first two rounds of his last two fights and McGregor will be targeting the first two rounds as a great opportunity to win the match early. Six of McGregor’s last seven wins have come via TKO within the first two rounds and everything seems to point in this direction.
Our Cowboy Cerrone vs Conor McGregor betting tips suggest the latter could win by TKO at 8/11 with William Hill. You can also get 9/2 for McGregor to win the fight in the second round, which is tempting.
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4. Conor McGregor vs Cowboy Cerrone Live Stream
UFC 246 McGregor – Cerrone stream will be available only on PPV as always. You can buy access to it through UFC official website.