Conor McGregor is back.
"Conor has signed and Cerrone is ready to go," UFC President Dana White said.
It will be just McGregor's third fight at welterweight. He fought Nate Diaz twice at the weight class in 2016, splitting the series.
He also hasn't fought since 2018 at UFC 229, when he was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight title fight. That fight became infamous for what happened after the match, when fights broke about between the two fighters' camps. McGregor was ultimately suspended six months for his part in the ordeal, while Nurmagomedov was banned for nine months.
The 31-year-old McGregor (21-4) remains one of the UFC's most controversial figures, both for his brash and outspoken personality and his legal history outside of the Octagon. McGregor pleaded guilty to punching a man in a bar in April, paying a fine. He is also being investigated in Ireland for two separate accusations of sexual assault, though he has not been charged.
And McGregor agreed to a plea deal in July 2018 and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after attacking a bus in the week of UFC 223. As a part of the plea deal, he had all felony charges against him dropped.
In the Octagon, however, he's long been one of UFC's best draws and top fighters.
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Three takeaways from Conor McGregor fighting at welterweight: 1. The deal for him to face Cowboy took a lot longer than expected to sort out. 2. He’s aware there’s a strong chance he won’t face the winner of Khabib vs Tony in 2020. 3. He’s got his eye on Diaz & Masvidal. #UFC https://t.co/8KHD68PxqO
Cerrone, 36, is 36-13-0 (1 NC) in his career. He has the most wins (23) and finishes (16) in UFC history, though he's never won a title belt. He's also lost his last two matches, though on name recognition alone, the fight between McGregor and Cerrone should be an excellent draw for the UFC.