PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS STRONG PROFANITY IN DONALD CERRONE SOUNDBITE PLEASE NOTE: COMPLETE SCRIPT TO FOLLOW VIDEO SHOWS: CONOR MCGREGOR AND DONALD CERRONE WEIGHING IN, STARING EACH OTHER DOWN, POSING FOR PHOTOS, AND SOUNDBITE SHOWS: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 17, 2020 (UFC-MUST COURTESY 'UFC'.
NO RESALES) STORY: Former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor and veteran American Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone made weight Friday (January 17) for this weekend's welterweight bout at UFC 246 in Las Vegas.
McGregor's announcement that he would retire from fighting sent shockwaves around the sporting world last year but the biggest star in mixed martial arts is now set to make his return at the T-Mobile Arena Saturday (January 18).
McGregor has not fought since a fourth-round lightweight title fight loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018 that sparked an ugly post-fight brawl and led to a fine and a six-month ban for the Irishman.
Dagestani champ Nurmagomedov was banned for nine months and is not expected to defend his belt until late in 2020.
Renowned for his trash-talking, McGregor has never been far from controversy inside and outside the cage and made headlines in March 2019 when he was arrested in Florida after smashing a fan's phone.