With UFC 246 and its drama sneaking up on us, Conor McGregor is set to return to the octagon for a bout with Donald Cerrone. This welterweight main event is taking place on Saturday January 18, 2020 at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, so let’s take a look at the latest UFC Odds while making some predictions.
UFC 246 Odds, Preview & Expert Prediction
Donald Cerrone is coming into this fight just like he is going to own the place. His deep fighting history has a lot to say about him. Conor McGregor seems to have a lot more going through his head than Cowboy does, and this could alter the fight in various ways.
Breakdown for Each FighterThe 31 year old McGregor is currently the third best fighter in the lightweight division. His record is currently 21-4-0. McGregor averages 5.27 significant strikes landed per minute with a 48 percent accuracy rate. He also has a 41% striking accuracy and a 63% grappling accuracy. His other stats include a reach that extends to 74 inches and he stands at 69 inches.
The 36 year old Cerrone is currently the number five fighter in the lightweight division. He has made a household name for himself with a career record of 36-12-0. Cerrone averages 4.34 significant strikes landed per minute with a 46 percent accuracy rate.
Combined with a 47% striking accuracy and a 36% grappling accuracy, this sets him up for a balanced fight. He also has a reach of 73 inches and stands 73 inches tall.
McGregor definitely will need to keep Cerrone from trying to submit him, since Cerrone has had success with submissions over his career. On the other side, I look for McGregor to try and knockout Cerrone to have the best shot at victory.
Potential OutcomesCerrone has two consecutive losses. If I were him, I would be more motivated than ever to make sure I am winning my next fight. But this man has seen it all and done it all over his career and has the right mindset to turn it around. This also makes it difficult to bet against him since he has been here in these situations before.
McGregor has had about 15 months to rethink his life, train, or whatever he needed to do to get ready for his next fight. McGregor does not need any more motivation than what he already has. He could also earn a title shot at lightweight with a victory over Cerrone. If he gets this one, and assuming Khabib Nurmagomedov wins his next fight, we could have a rematch with those two fighters.
Final ThoughtsThe UFC gave us all another wonderful title fight to watch. This one is going to be a great fight, regardless of who claims a victory. Both fighters have a unique style in their own right and make it difficult to bet against one another.
McGregor does not need to prove anything to anyone, but what makes sports great is that people still climb to the top, such as McGregor. He is motivated to become the best fighter and already taking shots at the potential rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
This fight could be the fight of the night. I think the end result and will be a victory for Connor McGregor.
He should be well prepared for this fight and look to advance forward to have that rematch with Khabib. I still would like to see Cerrone win, but I believe McGregor is going to get the best of him.
Prediction: McGregor wins by TKO/KO