|UFC 246: McGregor v Cerrone|
|Date:Sunday 19 January (UK time)Venue:T-Cell Arena, Las Vegas|
|Coverage:Approximately 03:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 Are residing Sports Further, then switching to BBC Radio 5 Are residing from 04:30. Additionally live textual command material commentary on BBC Sport internet page.|
Conor McGregor vowed to “remind everybody” how he “made this sport” when he faces Donald Cerrone in his first fight in 15 months on Saturday.
At a recordsdata convention for his UFC 246 bout, McGregor also acknowledged he hoped to in some unspecified time in the future return to the boxing ring.
He has no longer fought in mixed martial arts since losing to Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018, andwas convicted of assault in November closing twelve months.
“I’m in a appropriate obtain 22 situation, I’m ready to fight,” McGregor, 31, acknowledged.
“Assuredly we have to pass to definite locations in our lifestyles to know what we have to map,” the outdated favorite two-weight UFC world champion added.
“I bear modified into over a brand contemporary leaf. I in fact feel the identical younger man but I in fact feel re-energised and refreshed.
“I’m serene a passionate younger man, serene reaching for the stars and desiring to map issues that bear by no intention been performed before.
“There would possibly be no one who can touch me. I made this sport what it’s, so I could pass in there and remind everybody.”
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Where was the chaos?
Since defeat by Nurmagomedov – a bout that endedin a mass brawlwithin the octagon – the Irishman has confronted an assault charge and allegations of smashing a fan’s phone.
His volatile behaviour, coupled with the gleaming recordsdata conferences he has featured in beforehand, meant MMA fans had been consuming to eye him habits media duties reverse Cerrone in Las Vegas.
However the pair drew laughs rather than controversy, with McGregor complimenting the 36-twelve months-outdated American’s python-skin jacket.
“He has my recognize and even supposing there can be blood spilled on 18 January, this would possibly maybe simply no longer be frightful blood,” McGregor acknowledged. “And for the ‘Mystic Mac’ prediction, this would possibly maybe also be a KO.”
McGregor insisted he would possibly maybe learn his rival “appreciate a kid’s ebook”. Cerrone, asked if he had any surprises in store for the Irishman within the octagon, simply replied: “He can learn me so we’ll glance.”
McGregor, who earned an estimated $100m when he fleet moved into boxing and lost to multi-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather in 2017, acknowledged he was in one other foray into the sport.
“I’d like that Floyd rematch,” McGregor acknowledged. “I believed I did very nicely, I bear with some puny adjustments I’d bear performed even better.
“For me now, an aspiration of mine is to purchase a world boxing title. I bear that can be an graceful feather within the cap.”
Handshakes, hats but no hostility
Followers realized Cerrone’s outfit and the shadow forged over his face by his hat more sharp than a lot of what was acknowledged, with one tweeting: “Donald Cerrone appears to be like to be like appreciate a Mortal Kombat personality you have not unlocked yet.”
One fan described the records convention because the “most dull” in UFC ancient past, whereas others described McGregor’s respectful procedure as “more or much less weird and wonderful”.
Frail UFC fighter Dan Hardy on BBC Radio 5 Are residing:“McGregor was disappointing closing time he was within the octagon. Since then americans’s opinions of him bear modified and there would possibly be moderately a lot of issues to construct from a monumental, impressive purchase. The fashioned-or-garden procedure he’s acting will add to that if it comes with a victory.”
MMA journalist Slash Peet on BBC Radio 5 Are residing:“I appreciate the reality they had been both respectful as it reveals a brand contemporary maturity to McGregor. I’d bewitch to bear he’s matured and that the closing 15 months or so bear forced him to eye within the mirror. He’s a father now, he has all of the money you are going to ever need and his legacy is more or much less assured anyway. He can only be encourage for one motive, to hotfoot greatness. So I expected recognize at present.”