Your guide to the UFC 246 prelims features a healthy mix of stars on the rise and established names in MMA.
Conor McGregor makes his long awaited return to the Octagon in the main event of UFC 246. McGregor is set to face Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a welterweight bout, guaranteed to keep the crowd on their feet. The theme here will be highlighting the fights leading up to the main card.
Early Prelims (UFC Fight Pass; 6:15 PM ET)
Brian Kelleher vs. Ode Osbourne – Bantamweight
Kelleher is a veteran in the UFC, and has been with the promotion since 2017. His resume boasts wins against a number of battle-tested veterans with established names. But he is coming off a fast loss against a DWCS alumni, which is where Osbourne made his jump to the UFC. Osbourne is dangerous everywhere. His armbar on DWCS was worthy of a submission of the year nominee in my opinion. He will look to make a statement in his debut.
Tim Elliot (#7) vs. Askar Askarov (#12) – Flyweight
Elliot made his return recently after a 2-year layoff from the UFC. A tough loss against high-level competition was not the result he hoped for, and will look to change his fortune against a tough opponent in Askarov. Askarov is still undefeated after his UFC debut ended in a draw. This will be a high level ground match between two fantastic wrestlers. USA vs. Russia.
Prelims (ESPN; 8:00 PM ET)
Andre Fili vs. Sodiq Yusuff – Featherweight
Fans, this is a fight that cannot be missed. Both of these fighters are on fire coming into 2020. The winner of this fight will probably soon see a number next to their name. Fili is finding power in precision and timing. Yusuff will punch a hole in your head, and it only takes one to end the night.
Roxanne Modafferi (#7) vs. Maycee Barber (#9) – Flyweight
Modafferi is not to be slept on, she is tough and has shown a newfound confidence. She will need to find consistency after an up and down 2019, showing a big win that was followed by a tough loss. Barber is a problem, her nickname is “The Future,” but her time is now. She has lofty goals for her UFC career, and Modafferi cannot stand in her way.
Grant Dawson and Nasrat Haqparast are worth of mention as well. Both fighters have shown great potential and are exciting to watch.