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UFC 246 live blog: Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone

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Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone shake hands ahead of their welterweight main event bout UFC 246 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

This is the UFC 246 live blog for Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone, the welterweight headliner for Saturday’s fight card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

McGregor, a former two-division champ, returns to the Octagon for the first time since an October 2018 submission loss to current lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov. He faces perennial contender Donald Cerrone in a matchup set for this past summer before a hand injury delayed the Irish star’s comeback.

Check out the UFC 246 live blog below.

Round 1: Herb Dean the third man in the cage for the main event. McGregor with a straight left right out of the gate, Cerrone ducks it. McGregor with shoulder strikes to the face and knees in the clinch. Head kick by McGregor, followed by a jumping knee. He’s slumping against the cage as McGregor follows up with punches. Dean giving Cerrone a lot of chances to recover. The shots just keep on coming and this one is over.

Official result: Conor McGregor def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (head kick, punches) at 0:40 of round one