January 18, 2020 T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
A welterweight bout between former two-division champion Conor McGregor and former UFC Lightweight Championship challenger Donald Cerrone is expected to serve as the event headliner.
A women’s bantamweight rematch between former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm and former title challenger Raquel Pennington was initially scheduled to take place at UFC 243. The pairing previously met in February 2015 at UFC 184, with Holm winning the encounter via split decision. However, it was revealed on September 27, 2019 that Holm withdrew from the bout due to a hamstring injury and the bout was cancelled. The bout has been rescheduled and is now expected to take place at this event.
McGregor makes his return after a submission loss to current UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. UFC President Dana White has said a win for the ex-champ could set up a title rematch, though Nurmagomedov recently shot down the idea in an interview with RT Sport. Cerrone is three months removed from a knockout loss to Justin Gaethje, his second consecutive setback after a TKO loss to Tony Ferguson, who will face Nurmagomedov in April.
Official Fight Card
|Welterweight||Conor McGregor||def.||Donald Cerrone||TKO (punches)||1||0:40|
|Women's Bantamweight||Holly Holm||def.||Raquel Pennington||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Aleksei Oleinik||def.||Maurice Greene||Submission (armbar)||2||4:38|
|Bantamweight||Brian Kelleher||def.||Ode Osbourne||Submission (guillotine choke)||1||2:49|
|Lightweight||Carlos Diego Ferreira||def.||Anthony Pettis||Submission (neck crank)||2||1:46|
|Preliminary card (ESPN)|
|Women's Flyweight||Roxanne Modafferi||def.||Maycee Barber||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–26)||3||5:00|
|Featherweight||Sodiq Yusuff||def.||Andre Fili||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Flyweight||Askar Askarov||def.||Tim Elliott||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Drew Dober||def.||Nasrat Haqparast||TKO (punches)||1||1:10|
|Early Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Light Heavyweight||Aleksa Camur||def.||Justin Ledet||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Women's Flyweight||Sabina Mazo||def.||JJ Aldrich||Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
RESULTS Main Card
Conor McGregor def. Donald Cerrone via first-round TKO (0:40)
After 15 months away, the former two-division champion needed just 40 seconds to walk through Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
Diego Ferreira def. Anthony Pettis by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:46 of Round 2
Surging lightweight Diego Ferreira likely earned his place in the top 15 after submitting former world champion Anthony Pettis in the second round to up his current winning streak to six.
Holly Holm def. Raquel Pennington via UD (30-27 x2, 29-28)
It was mission accomplished for Holm as she outmuscled and outworked Raquel Pennington round after round en route to a unanimous decision victory with the scorecards reading 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 all in her favor.
Aleksei Oleinik def. Maurice Greene via sub (armbar) (R2, 4:38
It was the 46th time in his career that the Russian put away an opponent by submission with this fight coming to an end at 4:38 into the second round.
Brian Kelleher def. Ode Osbourne via sub (guillotine) (R1, 2:49) (live blog)
After a late call up from the preliminary portion of the show, Kelleher wrapped up a nasty guillotine choke to finish Contender Series veteran Ode Osbourne at 2:49 into the opening round in their bantamweight fight on Saturday night.
Roxanne Modafferi def. Maycee Barber via UD (30-27 x2, 30-26).
Sodiq Yusuff def. Andre Fili via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Askar Askarov def. Tim Elliott via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2).
Drew Dober def. Nasrat Haqparast via first-round TKO (1:10) | Watch finish.
Aleksa Camur def. Justin Ledet via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2).
Sabina Mazo def. JJ Aldrich via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29).
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.