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Back on the road again for UFC 245 and UFC 246…

In an unexpected development, I’m set to head Stateside for RT Sport to cover UFC 245 and 246.

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After a great week in London covering Bellator Europe 6 with MMA Junkie, I’ve been commissioned for an end-of-year trip that will end my 2019 on a high.

I’ll be heading Stateside to deliver on-the-ground coverage of UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington and UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cerrone for Russian outlet RT Sport, who I work for as a freelance sports writer. It will be the first time I’ve covered an event on the ground for RT, and I’m excited to get back out to Las Vegas – my second-favourite place to work – for the next two big-time UFC fight weeks as I look to ramp up RT’s UFC event coverage in Las Vegas in December and January.

The UFC 245 card boasts three UFC title fights, with the welterweight championship clash between heated rivals Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington sure to produce some tense fight-week moments on a night that will also see featherweight champ Max Holloway and two-division women’s champion Amanda Nunes put their 145 and 135-pound titles on the line respectively.

UFC 246, meanwhile, is all about the return of Conor McGregor, who makes his comeback against one of the biggest fan favourites in the UFC, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.

And while I’ve usually worked at the front of house, on press row, in most of my previous U.S.-based UFC event assignments in the past, I’ll likely be handling things from backstage at the T-Mobile Arena this time around. It’s a completely different vibe working backstage at UFC events, but there’s always a real buzz once the fights start rolling and we get a constant stream of fight finishes/verdicts, interspersed with visits from the winning fighters, who join us in the media tent for post-fight scrums.

It’ll be great to hang with my friends and colleagues from MMA Junkie while I’m out there, too. I’m sure a few late nights editing videos and talking fights over a cold beer will be on the cards.

Freelance sports writer and MMA reporter with 20 years’ experience in the UK's national media covering major sporting events including UFC world title fights, Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championships, Grand National and the FA Cup Final.