Conor McGregor’s return, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s next defence locked in as UFC confirms blockbuster bouts

Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s next UFC fights have been locked in after the organisation announced a trio of major fights coming in early 2020.

McGregor, who has not fought since losing to Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title at UFC 229, will return at welterweight to take on veteran Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone on January 19 (Australian time) at UFC 246 in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile the company will try for the fifth time to get the seemingly cursed fight of Nurmagomedov versus Tony Ferguson off the ground, with the pair to square off on April 19 (Australian time) at UFC 249 in Brooklyn, New York.

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Nurmagomedov and Ferguson have been booked on four previous occasions. In late 2015, Nurmagomedov pulled out with an injury. In April 2016, Ferguson did the same. Nurmagomedov then fell ill after a weight cut for UFC 209 in March 2017, before a knee injury in April 2018 forced Ferguson to withdraw.

The third announced bout will see China’s Zhang Weili defend her strawweight title for the first time against former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk on March 8 (Australian time) at UFC 248 in Las Vegas.

UFC’s next pay per view is on Sunday December 15, headlined by Kamaru Usman’s welterweight title defence against Colby Covington and Max Holloway’s featherweight belt defence against Australia’s Alexander Volkanovski.


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