UFC 246

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UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cowboy
UFC 246 Poster.jpg
The poster for UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cowboy.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateJanuary 18, 2020 (2020-01-18)
VenueT-Mobile Arena
CityParadise, Nevada, United States
Total gate$11,087,629.33[2]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. The Korean Zombie UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cowboy UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. dos Santos

UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cowboy was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on January 18, 2020 at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area, United States.[4]


A welterweight bout between former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor and former lightweight title challenger Donald Cerrone served as the event headliner.[5]

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.[6] The pairing previously met in February 2015 at UFC 184, with Holm winning the encounter via split decision.[7] However, it was revealed on September 27, 2019 that Holm withdrew from the bout due to a hamstring injury and the bout was cancelled.[8] The bout was rescheduled and took place at this event.[9]

Grant Dawson was expected to face Chas Skelly in a featherweight bout at the event.[10] However, the bout was scrapped on January 14 after Dawson announced that he was forced to withdraw.[11]

Former UFC Women's Strawweight Championship challenger Cláudia Gadelha was expected to face Alexa Grasso at the event.[12] However, on the day of the weigh-ins, Grasso weighed in at 121.5 pounds, 5.5 pounds over the strawweight non-title fight limit of 116 pounds. The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) decided to remove the fight because competitors are not allowed to compete if the weight between them is over 3 pounds.[13]


Main Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Welterweight Conor McGregor def. Donald Cerrone TKO (head kick and punches) 1 0:40
Women's Bantamweight Holly Holm def. Raquel Pennington Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 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 (rear-naked choke) 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 KO (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


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.[15]

  • Fight of the Night: No bonus awarded.
  • Performance of the Night: Conor McGregor, Aleksei Oleinik, Brian Kelleher, Carlos Diego Ferreira and Drew Dober

Reported payout[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). It does not include sponsor money and also does not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses. The total disclosed payout for the event was $4,434,000.[16]

  • Conor McGregor: $3,000,000 (no win bonus) def. Donald Cerrone: $200,000
  • Holly Holm: $200,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus) def. Raquel Pennington: $63,000
  • Aleksei Oleinik: $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus) def. Maurice Greene: $30,000
  • Brian Kelleher: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus) def. Ode Osborne: $10,000
  • Carlos Diego Ferreira: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Pettis: $155,000
  • Roxanne Modafferi: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus) def. Maycee Barber: $29,000
  • Sodiq Yusuff: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus) def. Andre Fili: $55,000
  • Askar Askarov: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Tim Elliott: $31,000
  • Drew Dober: $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus) def. Nasrat Haqparast: $25,000
  • Aleksa Camur: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Justin Ledet: $20,000
  • Sabina Mazo: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. JJ Aldrich: $30,000

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Staff (2020-01-19). "Conor McGregor's return draws announced 19,040 attendance, $11 million live gate at UFC 246". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  2. ^ "Top MMA Gates". Nevada State Athletic Commission. September 16, 2016.
  3. ^ Dave Meltzer. "McGregor vs. Cerrone becomes first streaming pay-per-view to hit one million buys". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  4. ^ John Morgan (2019-11-13). "Maycee Barber vs. Roxanne Modafferi in the works for UFC 246 on Jan. 18". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  5. ^ Brett Okamoto (2019-11-28). "McGregor to fight Cerrone at UFC 246 on Jan. 18". espn.com. Retrieved 2019-11-29.
  6. ^ Paul Kasabian (2019-08-07). "Report: Holly Holm to Face Raquel Pennington at UFC 243". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  7. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-02-28). "UFC 184 results, photos: Heavily hyped Holly Holm takes split from Raquel Pennington". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
  8. ^ Damon Martin (2019-07-29). "Holly Holm reveals the injury that forced her out of the fight against Raquel Pennington at UFC 243". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  9. ^ Victor Rodriguez (2019-12-02). "Holly Holm vs Raquel Pennington 2 rescheduled for UFC 246". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  10. ^ Nolan King (2020-01-09). "Why did Grant Dawson ask for Chas Skelly at UFC 246? 'Easy money'". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-01-09.
  11. ^ Nolan King (2020-01-14). "Grant Dawson says UFC 246 fight vs. Chas Skelly has been canceled". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  12. ^ Farah Hannoun (2019-11-23). "Claudia Gadelha vs. Alexa Grasso in the works for UFC's Jan. 18 event". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  13. ^ Alexander K. Lee (2020-01-17). "Alexa Grasso misses weight for UFC 246 by over five pounds, bout with Claudia Gadelha canceled". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  14. ^ "UFC 245: McGregor vs. Cowboy". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  15. ^ Staff (2020-01-19). "UFC 246 bonuses: Conor McGregor leads pack of five $50,000 winners". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  16. ^ Staff (2020-01-19). "UFC 246 fighter salaries: Conor McGregor towers over the event and the fighter payroll". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2020-01-23.