Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns for its first show of 2020 and boy is the promotion starting things with a bang. Conor McGregor returns to face off against fan favorite Donald Cerrone in what has been billed by “Notorious” and his team as just the first fight of a “season” of fights.
Who knows how this season will unfold ...
Will McGregor defeat Cerrone and position himself as a power player in both the welterweight and lightweight divisions? Who could he fight next, if Khabib Nurmagomedov sticks to his guns about refusing to rematch the Irishman after a win over Cowboy? And will that fight set up the inevitable rematch between the two by the end of the year?
Or, as Dana White has noted, are we being wildly disrespectful to Cerrone by continuing to talk about what happens after McGregor wins, as if it was a foregone conclusion? Is UFC 246 actually the story of “Cowboy” rising to the occasion and pulling off the biggest win of his illustrious and record-setting career? Both possibilities are laid bare in the “Countdown” to UFC 246 video just released by the organization to sell you on this fight that really needs no extra promotion.
UFC has managed to give us goosebumps with previous promo trailers for UFC 246, and the same amount of care has been spent making this “Countdown” show extra special. Normally these shows are split between the main- and co-main event, but this one focuses solely on McGregor vs. Cerrone, giving a mere mention to Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington and Anthony Pettis vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira on the undercard.
Can’t say we blame them.
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