UFC 246 is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, scheduled to take place on January 18, 2020 at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, United States. The main event is a welterweight bout between former two-division champion Conor McGregor and former UFC Lightweight Championship challenger Donald Cerrone is expected to serve as the event headliner.
The card also features a 3-round battle between Anthony Pettis and Carlos Diego Ferreira, following the women’s Bantamweight rematch between Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington. Another female bout is scheduled featuring Claudia Gadelha and Alexa Grasso at strawweight and lastly Andre Fili and Sodiq Yusuff clash at featherweight, kicking off the action live on pay-per-view.
As for the preliminary cards, seven bouts are expected and have been announced by various media outlets, with the fight order expected to be finalized in the days to come.
When is UFC 246 happening?
UFC 246, main evented by McGregor, will be on 18th January 2020.
What time is it starts?
The live stream of UFC 246 will starts at 10 PM Eastern Time.
Where its happening?
UFC 246 will be held at T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, United States.
How to Live Stream UFC 246?
You can live stream the event via:
- ESPN+ – for the UFC fans who live in the United States ESPN+ is the best way to live stream UFC 246 event.
- UFC Fight Pass – for those who want to watch UFC 246 online in HD quality.
- Fubo TV
- Sling TV
- PlayStation Vue
- BT Sports Box Office – for UFC fans living in the the United Kingdom, the BT Sports is the best platform to live stream UFC 246.
UFC 246 Fights
Conor McGregor VS Donald Cerrone
The main event of UFC 246 marks the first time McGregor steps into the Octagon since Khabib defeated the Irishman via submission in the 4th round of their October 2018 match-up at UFC 229. Cerrone enters the bout coming off TKO losses to both Justin Gaethje and Tony Ferguson. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has been calling for a fight against Conor McGregor for a while now. At the start of 2019, he called out McGregor after finishing Alex Hernandez and the Irishman even praised his performance, additionally adding that he would fight Cerrone just for that.
Although it took a while for things to settle as Cerrone began gaining momentum and was focused on edging close to a title shot. Instead he defeated 2 top Lightweight contenders – Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje, which had put him in the back of the line. Despite that, he got the fight that he wanted and is just over a week away from it. Surprisingly, it doesn’t appear as though there’s going to be much of a rivalry between the two men other than a competitive one. And it’s certainly a fresh change for McGregor after a long time, as his last fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov was purely spitting hatred between the men in and out of the Octagon.
Holly Holm VS Raquel Pennington
Former UFC women’s Bantamweight champion Holly Holm fights for the first time since Amanda Nunes scored a TKO over her in July 2019 as she faces challenger Raquel Pennington in the co-main event of UFC 246. Holm has faced hard times since losing the title, as once her record was 10-0 in MMA and now it has fallen to 12-5. The ex-champ’s record over the past 3 years is 2-5 and her most recent victory was a unanimous decision win over Megan Anderson in June 2018.
Pennington earned her title shot on the success of a 4-0 run and just like Holm, Pennington faced Nunes in a championship bout and lost via TKO halfway through the 5th round. She is 1-1 since that setback and her most recent fight was a July 2019 split decision win over Irene Aldana. Since this contest is a rematch, Holm and Pennington first faced off in 2015 and Holm won that 3-round bout via split decision. Therefore this bout marks an important milestone in both of their wrestling campaigns on UFC 246.
Alexey Oleinik VS Maurice Greene
Seems like the UFC matchmakers are tirelessly experimenting to see where Maurice Green stands in the heavyweight pecking order. The promotion has booked Greene against the much more experienced Aleksei Oleinik on the pay-per-view portion of UFC 246. As the 33-year-old Greene, who goes by the nickname “Crochet Boss,” was 3-0 in the UFC before former Fight Nights Global heavyweight champion Sergei Pavlovich scored a TKO win over him in October.
The 42-year-old Oleinik, who scored back-to-back “Performance of the Night” bonuses for his 2 first-round submission wins in 2018, is coming off 2 first-round knockout losses in 2019. As a matter of fact, Oleinik is currently the No. 12 ranked fighter in the official UFC heavyweight rankings. And this booking is a fine way to know what Greene and his team at Factory X learned from the loss to Pavlovich earlier.
Claudia Gadelha VS Alexa Grasso
A matchup between two top-ranked women’s strawweights is the latest addition to the UFC’s first event in 2020. A strawweight fight between Claudia Gadelha and Alexa Grasso has been added to the event as Gadelha looks to build on a decision win over Randa Markos and Grasso looks to rise back from a decision loss to Carla Esparza. Gadelha has come off a unanimous decision win over Randa Markos at UFC 239 in July. She was scheduled to face Cynthia Calvillo at UFC on ESPN 7 in August, but was forced out due to persisting injuries from her previous fight.
Grasso was narrowly edged in her most recent bout and suffered a majority decision loss to Carla Esparza in her home country of Mexico. However, she picked up a “Fight of the Night” bonus whilst losing the bout via decision on a close call. But Grasso has alternated wins and losses in her past 4 fights, just like Gadelha. And since both women will be looking to gain some consistency in the strawweight division, it will be great fight.
Anthony Pettis VS Diego Ferreira
Back to his old stomping grounds, former UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis returns for a fight against Diego Ferreira on January 18, 2020. Fighting under the UFC 246: McGregor VS Cowboy in the lightweight category, for his first UFC bout of the year. After a brief stint at welterweight, where he went 1-1 with a win over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson lost it to Nate Diaz, Pettis will be returning to lightweight after some absurd experiences.
He is 3-3 overall in his past 6 fights, as he picked up wins over Jim Miller and Michael Chiesa at lightweight. This fight against Pettis will serve as the biggest turning point of Ferreira’s recent career as he looks to build on 5 consecutive wins, including victories over Rustam Khabilov and Mairbek Taisumov. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since 2015, back when he fell to former UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier. As Pettis VS Ferreira is the latest addition to the UFC fight card in January, the promotion continues to do what it always does best.
Maycee Barber VS Roxanne Modafferi
The 21-year-old flyweight is expected to face 39-fight seasoned veteran Roxanne Modafferi in a flyweight bout at UFC 246 on January 18, 2020 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Barber, who improved to a solid record of 8-0 with a 1st round TKO of Gillian Robertson past October is one fine warrior inside the Octagon. She had been campaigning for a matchup with Paige VanZant, but VanZant countered by announcing she was interested in fighting any flyweight except for Barber. Though Barber posted a video on Instagram in which she continued to pursue the fight, it appears that all parties involved are moving on for now.
On the other hand, Modafferi is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Jennifer Maia in July. Apparently the 37 year old has alternated wins and losses in her last 6 outings, which includes wins over Antonina Shevchenko and Barb Honchak. She is in her 2nd stint with the UFC and has previously competed for a number of organizations including Invicta FC, Strikeforce, and was a major figure in Japan’s Jewels promotion.
Andre Fili VS Sodiq Yusuff
A featherweight fight between Andre Fili and top prospect Sodiq Yusuff is currently in the works for the upcoming card on January 18 expected under the UFC 246. For Fili, this will be a chance to build on his current 2-fight win streak as the Team Alpha Male fighter returns, following a knockout win in his last outing against Sheymon Moraes. Overall, he is 4-1 in his past 5 fights with his only loss coming in a razor-close split decision to Michael Johnson.
As for Yusuff, he will look to keep his perfect record inside the Octagon intact, after he joined the roster by way of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Since making his debut, Yusuff has delivered 3 straight wins with 2 knockouts along the way including a TKO against Gabriel Benitez in his last appearance back in August. Since Fili VS Yusuff is finalized, the featherweights would be joining a growing card scheduled for UFC 246 with McGregor making his epic return after a long gap.
Nasrat Haqparast VS Drew Dober
Nasrat Haqparast most recently knocked out Joaquim Silva at UFC Newark last August, the 24 year old German made his Octagon debut against Marcin Held in 2017. Since then he has rattled off 3 straight wins over Marc Diakiese, Thibault Gouti and Anderson “Spiderman” Silva in August 2019. The German has a stunning record of 9 out of 11 wins coming by either KO or TKO in the UFC.
Drew Dober comes into this bout, after bouncing back from a submission loss to Beneil Dariush by knocking out Marco Polo Reyes, at UFC Minneapolis in just 67 seconds last June. After just one win from his first 5 UFC appearances, the American has won 4 of his last 5 bouts, inclusive of a tremendous Fight of the Night death-war with Frank Camacho at welterweight that took place in January 2018.
Chas Skelly VS Grant Dawson
One of the bouts to look into in UFC 246 is Skelly VS Dawson, as Dawson is undefeated so far under the UFC banner, “The Prophet” has successfully defeated the duo of Julian Erosa and Michael Trizano. The American made his promotional debut in March 2019 and has also competed on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Episode 6, defeating Adrian Diaz via 2nd round submission. He has picked up 14 wins as a professional MMA fighter, out of which 10 of them have come by way of submission.
Skelly has won just one of his last 3 fights, he snapped a two-fight losing streak at UFC on ESPN+ 16 in a featherweight bout over Jordan Griffin at UFC Fight Night Vancouver, last September. Chas “The Scrapper” Skelly has suffered a total of 4 losses as a professional MMA fighter and all of them have come under the UFC banner. He has picked up 18 wins as a professional MMA fighter, winning more than half of them via way of submission. Dawson and Skelly hold a combined 13 submissions and 5 TKO’s between them in the UFC.
Aleksa Camur VS Justin Ledet
The man with the best mullet in the game – Justin Ledet, hasn’t had an easy time since dropping down to the light heavyweight division. Although Aleksandar Rakic and Johnny Walker aren’t bad names to lose to, he was defeated emphatically in both fights. The American has extremely fast hands for a big man and possesses one of the best jabs in the game. Being 4 inches taller than his opponent and with a 5-inch reach advantage, Ledet will look to pump out that jab and fight long during this bout.
On the other side, fighting out of Ohio’s Strong Style Fight Team is Aleksa Camur, a main training partner of UFC heavyweight champion – Stipe Miocic. He is a good athlete with explosive power, but the real question lies whether if he’s at the right weight class, since he appears more fitting for middleweight. At 24 years of age and heavily muscled at 6’0, it’s likely that he is making strides from camp to camp. There could be a vast improvement from his Contender Series bout during July 2019, as he takes on Ledet.
Tim Elliott VS Askar Askarov
Hailing from Kansas is a one-time UFC title challenger at 125 pounds – Tim Elliott, who returned to the division in his last outing at UFC Tampa. There he lost his fight to Deiveson Figueiredo by a 1st round submission in a flyweight bout under the UFC Fight Night 161 in October 2019. Since then, he has alternated wins and losses in his last 5 Octagon appearances.
Askar “The Bullet” Askarov made his UFC debut in September 2019, fighting his way with Brandon Moreno to a split draw at Fight Night 159 in Mexico City. Before that, he won his first 10 pro bouts all by knockout or submission and is yet to be defeated in the competition, as he faces off against Tim Elliott in UFC 246.
Brian Kelleher VS Ode Osbourne
Brian Kelleher comes into this bout after back to back losses to John Lineker and a submission at the hands of Montel Jackson at UFC 232 in December 2018. “Boom” Kelleher was slated to return to action on May 4 against Mitch Gagnon but was forced out due to injury and would be looking to avoid a 3 fight losing skid, when he takes on Ode Osbourne.
The “Dana White’s Contender Series” contract winner Ode Osbourne scored his ticket to the UFC by picking up a 1st round armbar finish over Armando Villarreal in July. Since this bout will mark the Jamaican’s promotional debut in the UFC, it will be a great opportunity for him to showcase his talent.
JJ Aldrich VS Sabina Mazo
A flyweight contest between Sabina Mazo and JJ Aldrich has also been added to the long card of UFC 246. Sabina Mazo seems quite happy for her unplanned switch from UFC Busan to UFC 246, as the Colombian fighter was scheduled for her return to action at last month’s UFC Busan, against Ji Yeon Kim. Apparently the bout fell through, due to an elbow injury sustained by Kim and the fight was cancelled.
Mazo is then rescheduled for the UFC’s first pay-per-view event of 2020, which will go live on January 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She will be taking on JJ Aldrich in a flyweight contest, as she looks to build on a decision win over Shana Dobson from past August’s UFC 241 event, whilst Aldrich looks to build on a decision win over Lauren Mueller.
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