VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – SEPTEMBER 14: Donald Cerrone warms up prior to his fight during the … [+] UFC Fight Night event at Rogers Arena on September 14, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)
Few people are giving Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone a chance to pull an upset victory over Conor McGregor on Saturday in Las Vegas at UFC 246.
Cerrone is a +250 underdog heading into the fight which means bettors would have to wager $250 just to win $100. It’s easy to see why Cerrone is the underdog. Despite the fact McGregor is facing possible Octagon rust having not competed since 2018, and having not captured a victory since 2016, he’s still the younger man at 31 compared to Cerrone who is 36.
Also, Cerrone is on a two-fight losing streak with stoppage defeats coming at the hands of Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje in 2019. Stylistically, Cerrone prefers to brawl and it would seem McGregor would have the advantage in a pure stand-up bout. That said, McGregor hasn’t proven to have true KO power at welterweight, so we’ll see if his striking prowess is as significant as it has been at featherweight and lightweight.
McGregor had two fights with Nate Diaz at 170 pounds and split the contests 1-1, and he is without a stoppage win at the weight.
Let’s look at two of the other sizable underdogs heading into UFC 246.
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