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Conor McGregor explains why he’s fighting ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone with something to prove at UFC 246

Conor McGregor has been doubted before, but nothing like he’s experienced over the past three years.

Following a meteoric rise where McGregor became the first-ever two-division champion, he came crashing back down to Earth.

McGregor had both of his championship belts stripped away as he pursued a better UFC contract and eventually a nine-figure payday against Floyd Mayweather in boxing. When he finally came back to MMA, he was soundly thumped by Khabib Nurmagomedov before being submitted at UFC 229.

As rumors swirled about an imminent return, McGregor sat out 2019.