Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cowboy, emanating from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The UFC starts their 2020 year off with the return of the biggest star in mixed martial arts history as former two-division UFC champion "The Notorious" Conor McGregor returns to action against future Hall Of Famer Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in the main event.
McGregor fights for the first time since October 2018 and is seeking his first win since November 2016 as he kicks off what he calls his 2020 season where he says is preparing to fight at least three times. Cerrone is looking to end a two-fight losing skid after suffering back-to-back losses to Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje.
In the co-main event, former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm will square off in a rematch against former title challenger Raquel Pennington. These two first met in February 2015 at UFC 184 in Holm's UFC debut, which she won by a close split decision.
Also on the main card is a lightweight bout between former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis and Diego Ferreira.
The prelims on ESPN will be headlined by a women's flyweight bout between Roxanne Modafferi and highly-touted undefeated prospect Maycee Barber. Also on the prelims is an exciting featherweight bout between Andre Fili and Sodiq Yusuff.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
We are looking for your thoughts on tonight's event, so send a thumbs up, a thumbs down or a thumbs in the middle along with a best fight and a worst fight to Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESPN+/UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS | 7 PM ET/4 PM PT
> Sabina Mazo (7-1, 1-1 UFC) vs. JJ Aldrich (8-3, 4-2 UFC)
Aldrich throwing punches early. Neither landing much in the first minute. Aldrich lands a good combo. Aldrich lands a left hand as Mazo lands a body kick. Both miss on punch attempts. Aldrich with a leg kick. Mazo landing more but Aldrich seems to be landing better. Aldrich with a left hand. Mazo lands a left hook late. 10-9 Mazo.
Mazo landing some kicks early to start the second. They're still feeling each other out for the most part. Neither fighter taking many risks. Aldrich lands a combo. She lands another good combo. Mazo is landing more again in this round but Aldrich doing some damage. They clinch and Mazo lands some hard knees. Mazo is bleeding from her nose. Aldrich lands a hard punch. Mazo with a head kick right at the end. 10-9 Mazo, 20-18 Mazo.
They clinch at the start of the third and Mazo pushes Aldrich against the fence. Mazo with a knee and Aldrich reverses position and they break. Mazo lands some good punches as she backs Aldrich to the fence. Mazo grabs the clinch and lands some hard elbows and then follows with some knees. Mazo roughing Aldrich up in the clinch and now lands some body punches. They are broken up by the referee. Both landing punches and Aldrich just misses a head kick. Mazo gets a quick clinch and lands an elbow. 10-9 Mazo, 30-27 Mazo.
Official Result- Sabina Mazo def. JJ Aldrich by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
> Aleksa Camur (5-0, 0-0 UFC) vs. Justin Ledet (9-2 1 NC, 3-2 UFC)
Camur just misses a spin kick right at the start. Camur misses a loaded right hand. Camur throwing wildly and not landing but does land a high kick. Ledet lands a combo. Camur lands a combo as Ledet covers up. They both land as Camur shoots in for a clinch. Camur with a right hand as they break. Camur misses a wheel kick. There is not much going on here. 10-9 Camur.
Camur coming forward and they clinch but break. Ledet lands a right hand but isn't doing much engaging. They clinch and Ledet with a couple of body punches. Camur with a left hook. Camur lands a right hand. They clinch and Camur with a knee before they break. They trade jabs. Ledet with a left hook and lands some punches against the fence. Camur with a body kick. They clinch and Camur with a knee and lands a combo and then starts landing more knees. Camur with a knee. He lands some punches against the fence. They break late. 10-9 Camur, 20-18 Camur.
Camur with a right hand. Not much happening and they clinch. Ledet looking to land some knees but Camur blocking them as he punches the body. They break. Camur looking tired. Ledet with a right hand. Camur with a body kick. Camur gets a late takedown and finishes on top. 10-9 Camur, 30-27 Camur.
Official Result- Aleksa Camur def. Justin Ledet by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
ESPN PRELIMS | 8 PM ET/5 PM PT
> Drew Dober (21-8 1 NC, 7-4 1 NC UFC) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (11-2, 3-1 UFC)
Haqparast lands a good combo early but slips and it allows Dober to reset. Dober lands a combo. Dober with a right hook. Dober drops Haqparast with a left hand and is landing lots of punches and this fight is stopped. Wow, what a showing for Dober. Haqparast took too many extra punches as he was down and out. Big win for Dober.
Official Result- Drew Dober def. Nasrat Haqparast by TKO (punches) at 1:10 of Round 1
> Tim Elliott (#7, 15-9-1, 4-7 UFC) vs. Askar Askarov (#12, 10-0-1, 0-0-1 UFC)
Elliott landing some punches early. Askarov drops Elliott with a left hand and then gets on top. Askarov working in the half-guard trying to pass but Elliott playing good defense on the bottom. Askarov still working from the top and Elliott landing short punches from the bottom. Askarov with a flurry of punches from the top. 10-9 Askarov.
Askarov lands a hard punch and Elliott takes him down but they scramble up and Elliott just avoids a punch attack from Askarov. Askarov lands a left hand. Elliott with a left hand. They trade punches in close range and Elliott gets a brief takedown and Askarov scrambles up. Elliott gets another takedown and is in the full guard. Askarov looking for an armbar but doesn't get it. They scramble to their feet and Askarov has the back late but time runs out. 10-9 Elliott, 19-19.
They are trading in the third and Elliott keeps coming forward but Askarov is landing the jab. Elliott coming with short punches. Askarov is having to counter. Elliott with some leg kicks and lands a left hand. Askarov lands some punches in close range. Askarov with two right hands and Elliott fires back. Both men just landing punches. Elliott pressing forward. Elliott continues to come forward as both are landing wild punches. Askarov lands a solid right hand. Elliott almost gets a takedown. Elliott is real tired as the fight ends. 10-9 Askarov, 29-28 Askarov.
Official Result- Askar Askarov def. Tim Elliott by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
> Andre Fili (20-6, 8-5 UFC) vs. Sodiq Yusuff (10-1, 3-0 UFC)
They come out swinging. Yusuff lands a right hand and Fili fires right back. Yusuff lands a left hand. Fili with a right hand. Fili tries a takedown as he pushes Yusuff against the fence. They break. Both landing the jab. Fili gets the back and scores a takedown but Yusuff right back to his feet. They trade kicks. Fili gets another takedown but Yusuff right back up again. They trade punches and Fili gets another takedown but again Yusuff pop up. Fili has the back. They roll to the mat and Yusuff has a deep kimura locked in but Fili somehow gets out of it. Yusuff gets on top and lands punches as the round ends. 10-9 Yusuff.
They trade and scramble to the mat and Yusuff ends up in side control and lands from the top. He's keeping Fili pinned down. Yusuff with some short elbows from the top as he is trying to move to mount. He gets back into Fili's half-guard. He gets back to side control against the fence. Yusuff finally moves to mount position. Fili able to scramble out and they get to their feet. Fili tries a spin kick but Yusuff ducks. They trade knees in the clinch. 10-9 Yusuff, 20-18 Yusuff.
Fili just misses a head kick. Yusuff with a leg kick. Neither landing much in the first minute of the third. Yusuff lands a hard right hand. Fili with a body kick. Yusuff with the double jab. They trade punches and Fili shakes his head at Yusuff. Yusuff with a hard right hand. They trade punches. They trade until the end. 10-9 Fili, 29-28 Yusuff.
Official Result- Sodiq Yusuff def. Andre Fili by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Roxanne Modafferi (#7, 23-16, 2-4 UFC) vs. Maycee Barber (#9, 8-0, 3-0 UFC)
Modafferi lands a right hand and they clinch. Modafferi coming forward. Modafferi lands a right hand. She lands another and gets a takedown. Modafferi trying to set up an arm-triangle from the top. Modafferi still on top and now Barber looking for a guillotine from the bottom but Modafferi escapes. Modafferi now gets the back but Barber ends up on top and lands a big elbow before the round ends. 10-9 Modafferi.
Modafferi drops Barber to start the second and gets on top. Barber trying to lock up an arm from the bottom. Modafferi now gets the mount position and is landing from the top. Barber trying to get out. Modafferi with some elbows but Barber reverses and is now on top. Modafferi trying to hold Barber in her guard. Modafferi now reverses to mount. Barber gives up her back. Modafferi landing big shots and Barber is cut open badly. Barber is a bloody mess. Modafferi with body punches from the top. Barber survives the round. 10-8 Modafferi, 20-17 Modafferi.
Barber looks to have blown out her knee. She is limping badly. Modafferi with a hard right hand. Barber is having issues standing. Modafferi with more big punches. Barber can't put any weight on her leg. Modafferi with a takedown against the fence. Barber does reverse to the top. She's looking for a kimura but Modafferi fights it off. Barber with a big elbow. They scramble. Modafferi ends up on top and is going to ride this one to the end. 10-9 Modafferi, 30-26 Modafferi.
Official Result- Roxanne Modafferi def. Maycee Barber by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
ESPN+ PPV MAIN CARD | 10 PM ET/7 PM PT
> Anthony Pettis (#11, 22-9, 9-8 UFC) vs. Diego Ferreira (16-2, 7-2 UFC)
Pettis with a high kick. Ferreira switching stances. Ferreira with a jab followed by a high kick. Pettis lands a combo in close range. Pettis lands a right hand and circles away. Ferreira shoots for a takedown against the fence but the cage blocks it from completing. Ferreria takes Pettis' back standing and they roll to the mat. Ferreira working for a choke. Pettis spins out and they get to their feet. Pettis with a high kick and they trade punches. They clinch against the fence. They break and Pettis just misses a big kick. Ferreira with a combo and shoots agin. Ferreira gets a takedown and moves to side control. 10-9 Ferreira.
Ferreira gets a takedown and has the back of Pettis early in the second. Ferreira trying to find the choke. Ferreira gets his arm under the neck and has it locked in and Pettis taps! Huge win for Ferreira.
Official Result- Diego Ferreira def. Anthony Pettis by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:46 of Round 2
> Brian Kelleher (19-10, 3-3 UFC) vs. Ode Osbourne (8-2, 0-0 UFC)
Osbourne with a flying punch right at the start. They trade punches. Osbourne lands a left hand. Kelleher gets a takedown against the fence. Kelleher working from the top and landing. Kelleher looking for a guillotine and he has one locked in tight. Osbourne taps with his feet! What a submission by Kelleher.
Official Result- Brian Kelleher def. Ode Osbourne by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:49 of Round 1
> Aleksei Oleinik (#12, 54-13-1, 6-4 UFC) vs. Maurice Greene (8-3, 3-1 UFC)
With this fight, Oleinik becomes the first fighter in MMA history to fight in four decades as he debuted in 1997. Greene misses a high kick and Oleinik grabs the back. Oleinik gets the takedown and is in side control. He moves to Greene's full guard. They get up and Oleinik takes Greene back down. Oleinik has the mount. He's working for a choke. He has one locked in. Greene is trying to fight it off with hammerfists from the bottom. Greene survives the round. 10-9 Oleinik.
Greene lands a right hand. Oleinik is missing wild punches. They clinch against the fence. They break and Greene with a knee to the body. Oleinik shoots for a takedown against the fence. He gets it and works in the half-guard. He's working for a choke once again. Fans are booing this fight. Oleinik now going for an armbar. Greene taps. This is over thankfully.
Official Result- Aleksei Oleinik def. Maurice Greene by submission (armbar) at 4:38 of Round 2
> Holly Holm (#3, 12-5, 5-5 UFC) vs. Raquel Pennington (#5, 10-7, 7-4 UFC)
Pennington tries a Superman punch but Holm sticks her with a jab. Pennington lands a right hand. Both women looking to land. Holm with some left hands. Pennington rushes in with some punches and they clinch. Holm has the body lock against the fence. Holm with some short punches against the fence as they battle for position. Pennington reverses position for a brief moment before Holm reverses it back. They battle in the clinch to end the round. Holm had the neck late. 10-9 Holm.
Holm with a side kick and Pennington rushes forward with some punches. They clinch again against the fence. They remain clinched and not much happening and the crowd boos. They break to the center. Holm tries to shoot but they just tie up against the fence again. They remain tied up and Holm has position. They break. Holm with a side kick and Pennington grabs the back and lands some punches as the round ends. The crowd hates this fight. 10-9 Holm, 20-18 Holm.
Holm lands a left hand. Pennington lands a right hand. Holm with a front kick.They clinch but break. Holm with an inside leg kick. Pennington with a right hand. Holm with a head kick. Not a lot is happening again. Holm with the lead side leg kick. Holm lands a left hand. Pennington with a right hand and gets a brief takedown but Holm right back up. They tie up and Holm has position with just over a minute left. They are broken up by the referee. Holm lands a quick combo. They tie up again but separate. They break. Pennington with a left hand. 10-9 Holm, 30-27 Holm.
Official Result- Holly Holm def. Raquel Pennington by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
> Conor McGregor (#4 LW, 21-4, 9-2 UFC) vs. Donald Cerrone (#5 LW, 36-13 1 NC, 23-10 UFC)
They clinch right away and McGregor with shoulder strikes and they break. McGregor with a high kick rocks Cerrone and drops him after a flying knee and left hand. McGregor swarming on Cerrone with punches from the top and Cerrone in real trouble. McGregor with more punches and this fight is stopped. Huge reaction from the crowd. It went less than a minute.
Official Result- Conor McGregor def. Donald Cerrone by TKO (strikes) at :40 of Round 1