The ordering process for Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-views has changed: UFC 246 is only available on ESPN+ in the U.S.
Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone will get a chance to build a little more hype for their headlining bout a few days before UFC 246.
The promotion announced on Wednesday that a pre-fight press conference for McGregor vs. Cerrone will be held on Jan. 15 at the Pearl Theater in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. ET. The event will be free and open to the public.
"WHEN'S THE PRESS CONFERENCE!?"— UFC (@ufc) January 8, 2020
Here it is!
5pmPT on January 15th - Doors open at 3:30pm pic.twitter.com/OUiewXhx59
McGregor is well-known for his press-conference theatrics, as he has provided memorable soundbites over the years in the build-up to fights with the likes of Jose Aldo, Nate Diaz, Eddie Alvarez and Khabib Nurmagomedov, to name a few.
The Irish star and Cerrone previously traded verbal jabs at the UFC’s “Go Big” press conference in 2015, an event that featured multiple athletes scheduled to compete in the final quarter of that year. At the time, McGregor was on the verge of becoming featherweight champion with a quick knockout of Jose Aldo, while Cerrone would eventually come up short in a 155-pound title bid against Rafael dos Anjos.
“You’re too slow and too stiff. You’re as stiff as a board. I’d snap you in half,” McGregor said to Cerrone then. “And that’s it. I see stiffness when I look in that 155-pound division. I feel like they’re stuck in the mud almost.”
“Cowboy” was able to get his barbs in, as well.
“He’s real good at talking out in front of the public, but when we all stand in the back he ain’t got nothing to say,” Cerrone said of McGregor. “I stood back there for 30 minutes right next to him, and [he had] nothing to say to me, but he was very cordial with my man [Chad Mendes] next to me.
“Of course we get out here he wants to run his mouth, but it’s good, you know, he sells the fights. But if he comes to 155 I’m gonna bend his little ass over.”
Of course, now McGregor and Cerrone will square off at 170 pounds on Jan. 18 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. But first, they’ll have a chance to engage in some more verbal warfare.