Complete 2020 UFC Schedule: Conor McGregor Returns, Khabib and More

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UFC is in store for yet another big year in 2020.

Conor McGregor, the biggest name in the sport, will return to the octagon for the first time in over a year in a highly anticipated welterweight battle with Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.

Meanwhile, in April, Khabib Nurmagomedov takes his 28-0 record into the lightweight title against Tony Ferguson.

There is plenty of more action between those two big fights, and more scheduled to come after the lightweight title.

Here's everything you need to know for the UFC 2020 calendar:

UFC 246: Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone

When: Jan. 18

Where: Las Vegas

TV Info: PPV

McGregor's return to the octagon will be the first headliner of the year for UFC. The 31-year-old Irish fighter will take on Cerrone at the welterweight limit, but UFC president Dana White has teased that a McGregor victory could earn him a rematch against lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov. While that would certainly attract viewers, Justin Gaethje is next in line to take on the lightweight champion. Regardless, McGregor has not won a match in the octagon in three years, so it will be interesting to see if he is still the dominant fighter he was in his prime.

UFC Fight Night Raleigh: Curtis Blaydes vs. Junior Dos Santos

When: Jan. 25

Where: Raleigh, North Carolina

TV Info: ESPN+

UFC 247: Jon Jones (c) vs. Dominick Reyes

When: Feb. 8

Where: Houston, Texas

TV Info: PPV

Following the McGregor-Cerrone match, UFC's next pay-per-view event features Jon Jones out to defend his light heavyweight title for the third straight time. Jones has ramped up the trash talk with challenger Dominick Reyes in the months leading up to the fight, calling him out on social media. Jones, who has lost just once in 26 career fights, will look to back up his talk come Feb. 8.

Jon Jones celebrates a UFC Light Heavyweight Title bout.
Jon Jones celebrates a UFC Light Heavyweight Title bout. Photo credit Getty Images

UFC Fight Night Rio Rancho: Corey Anderson vs. Jan Blachowicz

When: Feb. 15

Where: Rio Rancho, New Mexico

TV Info: ESPN+

UFC Fight Night Night Auckland: Paul Felder vs. Dan Hooker

When: Feb. 22

Where: Auckland, New Zealand

TV Info: ESPN+

UFC Fight Night Norfolk: Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier Formiga

When: Feb. 29

Where: Norfolk, Virginia

TV Info: TBD

UFC 248: Whelil Zhang (c) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

When: March 9

Where: Las Vegas

TV Info: PPV

The first pay-per-view headliner women's fight of the year will feature Weili Zhang out to defend her women's straw weight title against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who called Zhang out "any time, anywhere" in Nov. 2019 as she continues to claw her way back to recapturing her title that she lost in 2017. The two will go head-to-head at the neutral site of Las Vegas.

UFC Fight Night London: TBD

When: March 21

Where: London

TV Info: TBD

UFC Fight Night Columbus: Francus Ngannou vs. Jair Rozenstruik

When: March 28

Where: Columbus, Ohio

TV Info: TBD

UFC 249: Khabib Nurmagomedov (c) vs. Tony Ferguson

When: April 18

Where: Brooklyn, New York

TV Info: PPV

Khabib Nurmagomedov looks on in a fight with Dustin Piorier at UFC 242.
Khabib Nurmagomedov looks on in a fight with Dustin Piorier. Photo credit Getty Images

With perhaps the exception of McGregor's return, this is the most anticipated UFC fight in the first quarter of 2020. Nurmagomedov puts his undefeated record on the line as he aims to defend his lightweight title. Meanwhile, Ferguson carries a 25-3 record into the fight, and has not lost inside the octagon in his last 12 matches. Former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen has gone as far to say that the winner of this fight will be the greatest lightweight of all time.

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