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After announcing his official retirement back in March, Conor McGregor is now scheduled to make his big return to the UFC octagon against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.

In a statement to ESPN, UFC president Dana White confirmed McGregor’s long-anticipated return. “Conor has signed and ‘Cowboy’ is ready to go,” White said. The fight is scheduled to headline UFC 246 on January 18 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The event will mark the 31-year-old MMA star’s third appearance at 170 pounds. He hasn’t competed since October 2018, when he was controversially defeated by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

Cerrone, meanwhile, currently holds the UFC record for most wins and finishes ever, with 36 and 16 respectively.