McGregor returns to the octogon against the 'Cowboy'

Conor McGregor (AP)
Conor McGregor (AP)

Cape Town - Conor McGregor will return to the UFC octagon for the first time in over a year when he faces Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone in Las Vegas on January 18, 2020.

According to the BBC website, the 31-year-old Irishman has not competed since losing to Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.

Earlier this month McGregor was convicted of assault following an altercation in a Dublin pub in April, and fined 1 000 .

His return will be part of UFC 246 and UFC president Dana White confirmed: "Conor has signed and Cowboy is ready to go."

McGregor has a 21-4 record in UFC and in 2016 became the first fighter to hold belts in two weight categories at the same time.

American Cerrone, 36, lost his last fight in the first round to Justin Gaethje in September.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
42% - 8988 votes
Cricket
11% - 2328 votes
Football
19% - 4100 votes
Athletics
2% - 530 votes
Boxing
1% - 191 votes
Cycling
2% - 499 votes
Golf
5% - 1046 votes
Motorsport
9% - 1821 votes
Tennis
3% - 729 votes
Water sports
1% - 198 votes
American sports
1% - 268 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 680 votes
Vote