Pickett Picks: McGregor To Finish Cerrone Early At UFC 246

It’s all eyes on the T-Mobile Arena this Saturday as “The Notorious” Conor McGregor makes his much-anticipated return to the UFC Octagon to face Donald Cerrone in a welterweight contest scheduled for five rounds.

McGregor will be back in the 4-oz. gloves for the first time since his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 and with 15 months having past since then, it’s far to say a lot of water has passed under the bridge.

Such a lengthy absence from the cage can often bring about the discussion of ring rust, but one of the UK’s most prolific fighters thinks McGregor will have the mental fortitude to overcome that issue come Saturday evening.

Speaking exclusively to Ohmbet.co.uk, Brad “One Punch” Pickett explained why he thinks McGregor won’t be suffering from his inactivity when he enters the Octagon to face Cerrone.

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“Ring rust is one thing only and it’s a mental mind state,” Pickett said. “Some people are good at controlling it and some or not. You look at the likes of Dominick Cruz he was out for such a long time and he absolutely blitzed Mizugaki.

“Someone people complain about ring rust, but I think Conor has one of the strongest minds in the sport so I don’t think this is going to be an issue.”

Having been on the same card as McGregor no fewer than five times, Pickett knows the pandemonium that comes with a McGregor fight week and he believes the former Champ-Champ will feel right back in his element.

With so many variables in play the Brit believes anything can happen when the Octagon door closes, but he’s backing McGregor to get the job done quickly and waste little time putting Cerrone to the sword.

“I’m not sure exactly what round it’s going to happen, but I think Conor is going to stop Donald within the first or second round,” Pickett said.

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