Christmas came early for fight fans.
In fact, it came right smack in the middle of Thanksgiving day. Amidst the excessive amount of food, drinks and prime-time football, you missed some major fight announcements. But don’t worry we’re here to catch you up on the very latest inside the octagon.
Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone
The biggest news of the day was by far the return of Conor McGregor. The UFC announced that McGregor will fight Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone on Jan. 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada at 170 pounds.
"Conor has signed and Cerrone is ready to go."
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 28, 2019
This was the fight to make for several reasons. First, McGregor – the UFC’s biggest star – desperately needs a win to get his mojo back. He hasn’t won since 2016 and although this won’t be an easy fight, it’s dramatically easier than a Khabib rematch or a fight against Tony Ferguson.
Secondly, it’s a good pay day for Cowboy who’s basically fought whenever the UFC wanted him to regardless of short notice.
However, the weight they’re fighting at is the most important part. McGregor and Cowboy are both top-five contenders at 155 pounds, yet they decided to have this bout at 170. I’m assuming that’s because McGregor, who wants to fight three times in 2020, plans on fighting Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz should he win this fight.
With all of that being said, I’m so happy Mystic Mac is back. MMA is so much better when he’s fighting and he’s finally back.
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson
The other big news came in the form of a lightweight title fight. Khabib Nurmagomedov will face Tony Furguson on April 18, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) November 30, 2019
While the McGregor fight has the flare, this fight has the skill. These two fighters are incredible and share the longest active win streaks in the UFC at 12.
The UFC tried to book this fight four times in the past but the fight fell through each time due to injuries on both sides. You know what they say, the fifth time is a charm.
I honestly don’t know who is going to win this fight. I want to say Ferguson but Nurmagomedov has never lost. I want to say Nurmagomedov but Ferguson is an absolute psycho and has the best cardio in the UFC.
Either way this turns out, there will most likely be a rematch. This fight is going to be that good.