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UFC 246 poster released

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

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:

Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington

Andre Fili vs. Sodiq Yusuff

Roxanne Modafferi vs. Maycee Barber

Nasrat Haqparast vs. Drew Dober

Grant Dawson vs. Chas Skelly

Aleksei Oleinik vs. Maurice Greene

Anthony Pettis vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira

Tim Elliott vs. Askar Askarov

Brian Kelleher vs. Ode Osbourne

Sabina Mazo vs. JJ Aldrich

Claudia Gadelha vs. Alexa Grasso

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