Monday, October 26, 2020

4 Things to Consider for UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cerrone

The upcoming fight at UFC 246 between Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone has fight fans excited for the first UFC pay-per-view of 2020. The matchup has oddsmakers favoring McGregor. While UFC President Dana White says McGregor wants this to be the first of three fights in the new year, he also feels Cerrone is being severely overlooked.

When looking at a matchup with a polarizing figure like McGregor versus a veteran like Cerrone, here are four things to consider. 

Idle Hands

Conor McGregor
Image Credit: Mark J. Rebilas of USA TODAY Sports

While Conor McGregor has been working on his entrepreneurial endeavors and legal issues, Donald Cerrone has been fighting. Both men have bounced between 170 and 155 but there is something to be said for past activity and recent activity. Sure Cerrone has lost his last two, but he’s come back off back-to-back losses before and returned better. McGregor can’t say the same thing. 


Conor McGregor
UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor

On the other hand, being active in combat sports comes with its share of damage. Fighting as often as Cerrone has comes with all the damage that can add up over time. While “anytime, anywhere” has been what fans have come to love about “Cowboy” it could also be his undoing. McGregor may not have fought since 2018 but that’s also time his body has had to rest and return to action. Cerrone can’t, and probably would rather not say the same. 

Losses are Lessons to some

Mike Perry Donald Cerrone
Image Credit: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

With Cerrone’s record, how he has handled losses speaks for itself. While McGregor has also bounced back from losses, he still seems to lose by submission when he does lose. One kneebar and two chokes show McGregor has a weakness on the ground. Will his brown belt in jiu-jitsu be enough against Cerrone’s black belt?

Age ain’t nothing but a number

Donald Cerrone
Image Credit: Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC

“Time is undefeated” is a line from Creed that holds true in the real world of combat sports. Cerrone has a lot of well-rounded experience on his side, but he’s also the older man in this fight. Add that to facing a well-rested former two-division champion and perhaps fans can see why a recently inactive McGregor somehow is the odds favorite. 

Anything can happen once the cage door closes and all questions will certainly be answered at UFC 246 but, who do you have winning the main event?

Trending Articles

Latest MMA News

7 Takeaways from UFC 254 Nurmagomedov vs. Gaethje

UFC 254 had a lightweight title fight that had the situation with COVID-19 giving Justin Gaethje the chance of a lifetime against...

UFC 254 Bonuses: Khabib Nurmagomedov Gets Performance Check For Last Fight

The UFC 254 bonuses have been released. UFC 254 took place inside the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu...

Khabib Announces Retirement After Win At UFC 254 (Video)

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje delivered in every way possible.  The showdown served as the main event of the...

UFC 254 Highlights: Khabib Nurmagomedov Submits Justin Gaethje

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje was everything fans had hoped it could be.  The two fighters met in a...

UFC 254 Highlights: Robert Whittaker Outstrikes Jared Cannonier

Robert Whittaker vs. Jared Cannonier turned out to be an interesting bout.  The two fighters met in a middleweight...

WATCH: UFC 254 Post-Fight Press Conference Live Stream

The UFC 254 post-fight press conference will be live once the action concludes. In the headliner, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs....

Check Out Last-Minute Betting Odds For UFC 254

The final UFC 254 betting odds are in for as this event is quickly approaching for the Las Vegas-based promotion. 

UFC 254 Results: Khabib Nurmagomedov Taps Justin Gaethje

UFC 254 went down today (Sat. October 24, 2020) from the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi aka Fight Island and...