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Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone: Betting Odds, Analysis & Predictions

Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone: Betting Odds, Analysis & Predictions
The UFC 246 main event is set. Conor McGregor will return to the Octagon on January 18 to take on Donald Cerrone. Oddsmakers have pegged the former as the heavy favorite. But is that the right call?

Here are the latest UFC 246 odds for the Conor McGregor-Donald Cerrone bout, courtesy of the folks over at Bovada:

  • Conor McGregor (-225)
  • Donald Cerrone (+175)

With so much time between now and UFC 246, these betting lines will change. Make sure you're double-checking them before placing a wager. This holds especially true if you're using another sportsbook. BetNow, for example, might be laying different odds than Bovada.

In the meantime, we have everything you need to make the most informed decision possible:

  • Early McGregor-Cerrone betting odds
  • Other betting lines to watch
  • Analysis of the fight
  • McGregor-Cerrone picks
  • More

McGregor vs Cerrone Betting Breakdown

Analysis: Fighting Styles

Donald Cerrone is being billed as the perfect opponent for Conor McGregor as he looks to set up a title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Admittedly, this might say more about Cerrone than McGregor. The former is 36 years old, hasn't proven to be particularly durable and sports questionable quickness at best. He's also working off two consecutive losses.

At his peak, Cerrone knew how to use his length. He'd create enough separation between himself and his opponent so that only he had the wingspan necessary to land his strikes. More recently, though, his loss of quickness has hurt this approach. He is easier to get into wrestling and clinching range.

This plays right into one of McGregor's strengths. He has always been adept at creating a false sense of separation. He doesn't always extend his arm all the way on his punches, which convinces opponents they're actually further away than they actually are. Then, when they move in a bit, he'll use quick-twitch combos and a gnarly front kick to put them down.

Granted, we're talking about McGregor at his peak. He isn't there anymore, at least not that we've seen. This is just his second match in the Octagon since 2016, and his last one, against Nurmagomedov, didn't go very well. McGregor looked out of shape and out of practice. He was definitely slower. His fighting style won't play well if he's lost that speed. 

Prediction: McGregor (-225) vs. Cerrone (+175)

Should we be worried about McGregor's conditioning in the lead-up to this fight? The answer is no.

This isn't particularly complicated to justify. McGregor wants a title shot against Nurmagomedov. UFC president Dan White has essentially guaranteed him one if he wins this matchup. Ergo, McGregor has every incentive to show up in the best shape possible.

It helps that the 31-year-old has also been saying the right things. He knows he won't be able to sleepwalk his way to victory. Expect him to have amped up his training regimen in a way that prepares him specifically for Cerrone's fighting style.

If we're being honest, then, we don't expect this fight to be close. McGregor in a landslide feels like the right pick—the only pick, really.

OSB Prediction: Conor McGregor (-225)

Check out this OnlineSportsBetting list of the best online sportsbooks below so that you can decide which one to use for all your UFC betting:

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