The new year is bringing lots of new great fights, starting with UFC 246 and the long-awaited bout between the “Notorious” Conor McGregor and UFC legend Donald Cerrone.
UFC 246 Odds last updated on January 17, 2020:
The last time we saw Conor McGregor, was up against one of the greatest boxers of all-time, in Floyd Mayweather.
Then looking back to the last time he was in the UFC, we have to go all the way back to UFC 229 against the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov - in a fight, Conor lost shamefully.
But now he’s back on the roster and has decided to get himself back fighting fit. It’s been quite a while since he was in an MMA fight of any kind, so one would expect him to be fairly rusty.
Donald Cerrone hasn’t had a great 2019. He started the year well, with two excellent wins. But has since slumped a lot and is now going into this fight, potentially losing three on the trot.
Will Cerrone finish the year on a high note?
The smart money says Conor wins this one.
Out of the UFC free picks we’ve given today, we think this is the best of the bunch. Conor is known for his range of strikes and, more importantly, his knockout power.
Conor’s MMA record stands at 21-3. Interestingly, from those 21 wins, 18 of those have been won by KO/TKO. It would be ideal for his return if he could win the fight in style. And as we all know, he’s all about image.
Cerrone, who’s 36-13-0, has already conceded three TKO losses this year, so he’s primed for Conor’s return in true showman style as usual.
UFC betting odds heavily favour a KO/TKO to that of the Irishman, and given what we’ve seen from Cerrone this year we back it.
Take McGregor to beat Cerrone in Vegas.
-- #TBT: DEC. 31, 2012 --— FloCombat (@FloCombat) January 11, 2018
Conor McGregor notches the picture-perfect #knockout victory over Ivan Buchinger at @CageWarriors 51, winning the vacant lightweight title.
McGregor would go directly to the #UFC after this scrap. #MMA pic.twitter.com/i3btxCNT0v
With combat sports, there’s always the possibility the favourite will get one-shot. We’ve seen it time-and-time again throughout the history of the UFC; one that springs immediately to mind is the Bisping knockout on Rockhold at UFC 199.
That said, though Conor is undoubtedly very confident, it’s certainly worth being vigilant and he must pace himself with so long out of the Octagon.
“Ring-rust” is a term thrown around a lot in the media meaning fighters become worse having not been actively fighting. But among the fighting community, it is frowned upon, as all fighters should be ready for a bout.
It is a term that could certainly be applied to the case of Conor McGregor and we’re sure if things turn sour in January, even the man himself may use it.
We are covering our bases here, as we think Conor will win via KO/TKO. UFC betting odds are favourable for the fight going beyond 1.5 rounds.
Expect the fight to go over 1.5 rounds.
The last fight McGregor was involved in that went to the ref's decision, was his win in the Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor 2 fight. An excellent fight that ended up going the way of Conor.
UFC betting odds are really high for this wager, as the bookies will be thinking like we are and expecting a knockout from the “Notorious”.
Conor needs to ensure he avoids any more legal trouble if this fight is to get off the ground. He’s been in and out of controversy since leaving the Octagon for greener pastures.
The showdown will be the first time Cerrone will be the first at welterweight since the 2016 fight against Nate Diaz.
With Cerrone coming into this one off the back of losses to Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje, we Colorado-man won’t have enough to beat the reinvigorated Irishman.
Take the fight to go to the judge’s decision.