It’s another country versus country theme for Conor McGregor’s much-anticipated return.
The former two-division champ is backed by Irish tricolor for his UFC 246 headliner opposite perennial contender Donald Cerrone, who’s shadowed by an American star and stripes in a new poster released for the Jan. 18 pay-per-view event.
The Jan. 19 date reflects the event’s showtime overseas per the UFC Asia twitter account. McGregor vs. Cerrone is hosted by T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
McGregor makes his return after a submission loss to current UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. UFC President Dana White has said a win for the ex-champ could set up a title rematch, though Nurmagomedov recently shot down the idea in an interview with RT Sport. Cerrone is three months removed from a knockout loss to Justin Gaethje, his second consecutive setback after a TKO loss to Tony Ferguson, who will face Nurmagomedov in April.
Other expected bouts for the Jan. 18 pay-per-view include:
Brian Kelleher vs. Ode Osbourne