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McGregor vs Cowboy weigh in: Live stream, TV channel and start time ahead of UFC 246 welterweight fight in Las Vegas

THE countdown is on to Conor McGregor's Octagon return.

More than a year after his last foray into MMA - and now three years after his last win - Notorious tops the bill of UFC 246 with a bout against Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone.

 McGregor meets Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone in Las Vegas on Saturday night
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McGregor meets Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone in Las Vegas on Saturday nightCredit: AP:Associated Press

It's been a long road back to Vegas for McGregor, who was humbled here in October 2018 by Russian star Khabib Nurmagomedov.

And 2019 turned out to be a turbulent year out of the ring for the Crumlin native, who admitted to assaulting a man in a Dublin pub after a row over whiskey.

 Khabib chokes McGregor during their fight at UFC 229 in 2018
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Khabib chokes McGregor during their fight at UFC 229 in 2018Credit: Sportsfile - Subscription

McGregor is back now though and willing to let his fists do the talking in the Octogan, where he's without a win since beating Eddie Alvarez way back at UFC 205 in 2016.

He'll be up against Cowboy Cerrone, one of the sports most formidable and game opponents who has more UFC victories than any other competitor.

When is the weigh-in?

FOR this bout, McGregor is making the step back up to the welterweight division.

After winning world titles at lightweight and featherweight, the Irishman wants to create history and become the first man ever to win UFC titles in three separate weight classes.

First up though he must contend with his comeback before any talk of title fights - and Cowboy will not go down easily.

This is Conor's third fight at 170lbs - his other two were against Nate Diaz and he has a won one, lost one record at this weight.

 Conor McGregor's weight transformation through his career
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Conor McGregor's weight transformation through his career

All eyes will be on Las Vegas then as Notorious and Cowboy prepare to weigh in before their showdown on Saturday night.

McGregor has been allowed to make his comeback at welterweight to avoid a gruelling cut.

But there are some worries from UFC kingpin Dana White that he will struggle to make the weight.

White revealed earlier this week: "Conor McGregor will probably weigh in at 169 or 168 or somewhere around there.

"It's even hard for Conor to hit 170 - so very interesting fight between two of the baddest in the business to ever do it."

There are no such noises coming from the Irishman's camp though and he claims that the decision was made to actually benefit Cowboy.

McGregor explained to ESPN: "I’m underweight right now. I’m underweight. I’d say 160lbs and a bit.

“I know I could have [made Cerrone cut down to lightweight]. But I just don’t think he looks well at 155lbs. He does not look well at 155lbs. He’s a 170lb fighter.

“Why would I want someone to suffer?"

The official weigh in is set for TONIGHT, January 17 - the day before the two go to war at the T-Mobile Arena.

The show will get underway at 3pm in Vegas, which is 11pm here in the UK.

McGregor and Cowboy have already been officially weighed before the ceremonial event later on  - and the fight is ON.

Notorious tipped the scales bang on the 170lbs limit, the heaviest he's ever been in the UFC.

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Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?

THERE's plenty of choice if you're looking to watch the weigh in from the comfort of your sofa.

BT Sport are broadcasting events live from Sin City, with their coverage starting at 11pm on BT Sport 1.

If you're a BT customer, grab the official app if you want to stream on a number of compatible devices.

Whilst everyone else can stream via the UFC's YouTube channel, which will bring you every moment of the weigh in live and free.

To accompany that, stick with us here on SunSport where we'll be bringing you a LIVE BLOG from our man Wally Downes Jr in Vegas.

Conor McGregor and Cowboy Cerrone face-off ahead of UFC bout

How can I watch UFC 246?

  • UFC 246 will be broadcast on BT Sport Box Office in the UK.
  • The card will cost £19.95 to purchase.
  • BT Sport Box Office is on Sky channel 490, BT channel 494, and in the live events section on Virgin Media.
  • It will be live streamed on BT Sport's website and their app after purchase.
  • In the US, the card will be shown on PPV on ESPN+.
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