The Irishman confirmed last month that he would return to the Octagon on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada but didn’t disclose who he would be coming up against, instead saying: “I have the opponent’s name … if I was to give you his name, which I would love to do, I know the UFC would flip it.”
McGregor, who has 21 wins and four losses on his MMA record, hasn’t fought in the UFC since he was defeated by Khabib Nurmagomedov via submission in October 2018.
The 36-year-old Cerrone has a MMA record of 36-13. The American fighter lost his last fight in the first round to Justin Gaethje in September.
McGregor announced his first retirement in April 2016 — he rescinded that after a month — and later in the year became the first fighter to hold belts in two weight categories at the same time.
He might have only fought once in the UFC in the last three years — he did have a boxing fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2017 — but McGregor has never been far from the headlines.
A video released on social media in August appeared to show the Irishman punching a man in the head in the Marble Arch pub in Dublin.