Plenty of things can happen in the world of MMA in seven days.

From event announcements and the fights on the weekend to the best tweets and latest trash talk between fighters, we’ll keep you in the know at the end of each week with the latest happenings in the sport.

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UFC 246: Conor McGregor – Cowboy Cerrone press conference date and time was announced

It’s been a fairly muted build up to a Conor McGregor fight so far.

However, that could all change. Last week, the UFC announced that they will be holding a UFC 246 press conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday 15 January (5pm PST, 8pm EST, 1am GMT on 16/1).

Find out more here.

Conor McGregor gives full-length interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani

As alluded to earlier, there has been a slow build to UFC 246 – especially considering it’s McGregor’s long-awaited Octagon return.

The Dubliner sat down with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani for a near-50 minute interview, which was pretty candid for the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion who is now seemingly wary of the media.

McGregor touched on topics such as his rumoured exploits outside of the cage, Khabib Nurmagomedov, a renewed mindset and much more.

Watch the full interview here.

UFC 249: Rose Namajunas – Jessica Andrade rematch reportedly set

Jessica Andrade lifted UFC gold for the first time after slamming then-champion Rose Namajunas en route to a knockout victory.

Now dethroned by China’s Weili Zhang, Andrade is reportedly set to face Rose Namajunas in a rematch at UFC 249.

UFC 249 is set to be headlined by a UFC lightweight championship bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in April.

You can read more about this fight and UFC 249 here.

Edson Barboza moving from lightweight to UFC featherweight division

In case you missed it, Edson Barboza is reportedly dropping down to the UFC’s featherweight division in 2020.

The Brazilian striker could well be a force to reckon with at 145 pounds.

Read more about Barboza’s move and the potential reasons why here.

Best Social Media of the Week

Conor McGregor (NSFW)

McGregor with the throwback photo which depicts this weekend’s headliners at UFC 246.

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone [via Brett Okamoto]

Meanwhile, Cowboy received a gift which was very close to his heart.

UFC Fight Pass

It turns out that this time of the year is rather poignant for Conor McGregor.

The Irishman earned his first Cage Warriors win nine years ago on 9 January.

He of course went on to win both the Cage Warriors featherweight and lightweight titles, a feat he repeated in the UFC.

Kamaru Usman

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman doesn’t seem to rate McGregor’s chances against “Cowboy” Cerrone, nor his ambitions at 170 pounds.

UFC 246 predictions [via BT Sport]