Conor McGregor's first big UFC kick-off happens this weekend, with the welterweight clash between him and Donald Cerrone the headline act at UFC 246. But for those who haven’t made the journey to the T-Mobile Arena in Nevada, Las Vegas, here’s where you can watch from the comfort of Dubai.
What has Conor McGregor been up to?
Kicking off, mainly. You may have seen the recent GQ article that detailed the list of people that McGregor had tried to start some bother with since his fourth round submission against Khabib Nurmagomedov in UFC 229. It’s a list that includes Floyd Mayweather Jr. (again), Mark Wahlberg, an old man in a Dublin bar... and a bus.
When is McGregor's fight with Donald Cerrone?
As this one is on a Sunday, you’re going to have to call in late at work. Even better, adopt a croaky voice and aim for the whole day off. The fight card should start around 7 am, with McGregor v Cowboy (that’s genuinely the strap line), getting into the octagon by 9 am Gulf Standard time.
Is it a UFC title fight?
No. This one is all about McGregor’s return to action after a 15-month absence, although the match-up with Donald Cerrone – who’s never actually held a title is an intriguing one. Still, Cerrone does have the most wins in UFC history (21). Add to that the fact that this is in the welterweight division, where Cerrone is well-versed but McGregor has only fought twice, and you have recipe for a close fight.
Where can I watch UFC 246?
You have a few options to watch in Dubai. If you want to head out and about, then you can try DIFC sports bar, Original Wings and Rings or head to McGettigan’s in JLT. While there, why not grab their full Irish breakfast and eat your way through the tension. If you’d prefer to stay indoors, you can book a free seven-day trial with UFC Arabia, with the options to then follow up with a monthly or annual subscription.
What happens after?
If, as expected, McGregor beats Cerrone, we could see any number of options, one of which being Jorge Masvidal – the guy who put Ben Askren down in five seconds of his UFC 239 fight– the quickest KO in UFC history. Failing that, it could be re-match central, with potential fights against Nurmagoemdov, Nate Diaz, and even Jose Aldo being mentioned.