McGregor or Cerrone in UFC 246?
It’s finally happening. The return of “The Notorious” Conor McGregor will take place on January 18. Many fans are eager to see him dominate the UFC once again, but many haters are just waiting for his demise. One thing is for sure – Conor will put his reputation and legacy on the line with this fight.
On the other side, we have Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, a legendary fighter who’s been a part of the UFC for almost a decade. Although Cerrone has a rough period lately, there is no doubt that this fight will be amazing to watch. Let’s analyze it and see who is the favorite to come out victorious.
Let's start with what the online bookies have to say. Most of the bookmakers hold McGregor as the favorite. His odds of winning are -220. Cerrone, on the other hand, currently sits at +180. There are also open bets as to what the method of victory will be, how many rounds will it have, etc. Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone predictions vary and every bookie has different odds in store for both fighters, so you might want to consider that if you’re planning to place a bet. Let’s have a look at their recent matches, accomplishments and conclude which one is the probable winner.
The Cowboy is one of the most respected fighters in the UFC. He joined the elite in 2010 after World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the UFC. As of right now, he holds the records for most wins (22), most finishes (16), and is tied for the record for the highest number of bouts (33). The interesting fact about these numbers is that he managed to surpass the likes of Michael Bisping and even Georges St-Pierre, who is considered by many as the GOAT of the UFC and mixed martial arts in general.
The only thing that pushes Cowboy Cerrone back is that he lost 6 out of his last 10 bouts. Many people have labeled his decision to fight McGregor as a money chase, which is why he is the fighter that is likely to lose the match.
The Notorious is eager to get back into the cage and dismantle every opponent to get his rematch with Khabib. Everyone knows all about their history and bad blood, which is why Conor comes in this bout highly motivated. His current record is 21-4. Even though Khabib said that McGregor needs 10 bouts before the rematch, we may see them in the octagon sooner than expected.
He is one of the most loved and most hated fighters in the UFC, but you can't overlook his accomplishments so far. Conor is the first fighter in UFC history to hold belts in 2 divisions simultaneously. All of the PPV and profit records in the UFC are held by him and his fights, as well as the record for the fastest knockout in a title bout.
All in all, Conor is more than motivated to come back into the game, dismantle Cerrone and get the rematch he wants. Sources close to him said that he aims to have 3 fights in 2020 – against Cerrone, Masvidal, and Khabib – that is if he wins every one of them. The motivation combined with his excellent performance and dedication make him the favorite to win.
This bout will be fantastic to watch and exciting to bet on. The odds are great, but make no mistake, both fighters have a good chance of winning. For example, bookies were favoring Max Holloway against Volkanovski in UFC 245, but Alexander came out victorious.