UFC is starting its 2020 campaign by brining its most infamous fighter back to the octagon.
UFC 246 Fight Card, Odds, Analysis
Conor “Notorious” McGregor (21-4) will fight for the second time since 2016 when he faces veteran Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (36-13, 1 NC) in a welterweight main event from T-Mobile Arena.
UFC 246 Main Card Odds
Conor McGregor -310 vs. Donald Cerrone +255
The 36-year-old Cowboy Cerrone stands 6’1” with a 73-inch reach and he’s definitely got the edge in experience with a whopping 50 career fights. He’s a well-rounded fighter that has recorded 10 wins via KO, 17 wins via submission and nine victories by way of decision. Unfortunately, Cerrone has dropped each of his last two fights including an embarrassing first round KO loss to Justin Gaethje on September 14.
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Conor McGregor is 31-years-old and stands 5’9” with a 74-inch reach. The polarizing welterweight hasn’t been in the octagon since suffering a submission loss (neck crack) against Khabib Nurmagaomedov in their lightweight title bout on October 6 of 2018. McGregor has lost two of his last four fights.
Holly Holm 135 vs. Raquel Pennington +115
38-year-old Holly Holm stands 5’8’ with a 70-inch reach. The former bantamweight champ recorded one of the biggest upsets in UFC history by beating the hell out of Ronda Rousey, but she then went on to lose three straight and five of her last seven matches including a humbling first round TKO (head kick) loss to reigning champ Amanda Nunes at UFC 239 in July. 31-year-old Raquel Pennington stands 5’7” with a 67½-inch reach. Pennington went to the fifth round against Nunes back in May of 2018 but followed that loss up with a decision loss against Germaine de Randamie in November of 2018. Pennington did manage to get the split decision win over Irene Aldana in July, but she also lost to Holm via split decision at UFC 184 back in February of 2015.
Maurice Greene -130 vs. Aleksei Oleinik +110
The 42-year-old Aleksei Oleinik stands 6’2” with an 80-inch reach, but he’s lost each of his last two fights including an embarrassing first round KO loss (punch) to Walt Harris in July. Maurice Greene is 33-years-old and stands 6’7” with an 82-inch reach. Greene had his three-fight winning streak snapped in his embarrassing first round KO loss (punches) against Sergei Pavlovich in October, but he looks like the easy pick to get past a past-his-prime Oleinik at UFC 246.
Claudia Gadelha -105 vs. Alexa Grasso -115
Claudia Gadelha is 31-years-old and stands 5’4”. Gadelha comes into this bout having alternated wins and losses over her last four fights, but managed to get past Randa Markos at UFC 239 in July via unanimous decision. Alexa Grasso is 26-years-old and stands 5’5”. Grasso has alternated wins and losses over her last six fights and comes into this affair off a close, majority decision loss against Carla Esparza in September. These two fighters might have even odds, but Claudia Gadelha looks like the pick here based on experience and superior punching power.
Diego Ferreira -245 vs. Anthony Pettis +205
32-year-old Anthony Pettis stands 5’10” with a 72½ inch reach. The former lightweight champion is undeniably one of the most explosive mixed martial arts fighters in the world and he should be highly motivated to get the win here after losing seven of his last 11 fights including a unanimous decision defeat against Nate Diaz at UFC 241 in August. 34Year-ood Diego Ferreira stands 5’9” with a 74-inch reach. Ferreira has won five straight fights including a unanimous decision win over Maribek Taisumov at UFC 242 in September. While Ferreira has a nice winning streak going coming into this affair, he’s definitely never fought a fighter of Anthony Pettis’ caliber. I’m going with the popular Pettis to put on a show to potentially get back in the mix for a title shot in 2020.
UFC 246 Prelims Odds
- Maycee Barber -1000 vs. Roxanne Modafferi +650
- Andre Fili +1-5 vs. Sodiq Yusuff -125
- Drew Dober +260 vs. Nasrat Haqparast -320
- Grant Dawson -260 vs. Chas Skelly +220
UFC 246 Early Prelims Odds
- Aleksa Camur -115 vs. Justin Ledet -105
- Askar Askarov -130 vs. Tim Elliott +110
- Brian Kelleher +115 vs. Ode Osbourne -135
- J.J. Aldrich -115 vs. Sabina Mazo -105