UFC fighters give their predictions ahead of Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone

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Fight week is finally here.

Conor McGregor steps back into action this Saturday night as he takes on Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246 in Las Vegas.

McGregor (21-4) is a heavy betting favourite to beat Cerrone (36-13-1) in their welterweight showdown, but BT Sport sought predictions from several high-profile fighters ahead of the fight - and not all were backing the Irishman.

Names including Jon Jones, Kamaru Usman, Colby Covington, Max Holloway and Urijah Faber were asked to pick their winner of the evening's headliner.

Recent welterweight title challenger Covington begins the video with his thoughts and was high on the chances of Cerrone.

"I'm going Cowboy. I think that Conor has cashed out...Let's be honest he couldn't even knock an old man off a stool. How's he going to knock out Cowboy?" Covington argued - referring to a video that surfaced last year where McGregor struck an elderly gentleman after he refused a shot of his brand of whisky.

Current welterweight champion Usman was more considered in his analysis of the bout, but also felt that Cerrone has far more of a chance than some pundits are giving him.

"I see a lot of people writing Cowboy off...Just because he's won some and lost some, but Cowboy is a very dangerous fight for Conor...He (McGregor) has underestimated an opponent before and he paid for it. I think he's underestimating Cowboy....You've seen before when you light a fire under Cowboy then he's going to get going...I think it's a good fight - but I'm expecting Cowboy to respond."

The only fighter included in the package who has actually competed against McGregor in the Octagon is former featherweight champion Max Holloway. McGregor defeated Holloway by decision back in 2013, but the American bears no grudge and is keen to see his former foe bounce back from some of the controversies he has faced in his time away from the UFC.

"I'm excited. I just want to see what Conor shows up...I'm excited that he's back. I hope he keeps his mind straight, everything straight. Even in his personal life I hope he figures it out and goes out there and proves to the world he can still do this."

Reigning featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski predicted a successful night for McGregor. "I think Conor finds that chin," stated the Australian - who was joined by Faber, Mike Perry, Marlon Moraes and Katlyn Chookagian in predicting a McGregor win.

Overall - of those that gave a prediction in the video - opinion favoured McGregor by a tally of five votes to two.

The final word in the piece was left to light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones. A former Cerrone training partner, Jones did not give an official prediction, instead opting to praise both men ahead of the fight.

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"I'm really happy for Cowboy Cerrone, being an Albuquerque fighter, to have such a huge opportunity. Cowboy and I will always have somewhat of a connection and I'm pulling for him. At the same time, I love everything Conor McGregor is doing for our sport...Such a great businessman and he's brought so much awareness to our sport. May the best man win."

Fans of course have their opinions on the fight - and now UFC fighters have had their say.

We are less than six days away from many questions being answered as Conor McGregor returns.

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