How Conor McGregor's family have always been in his corner at UFC bouts ahead of his comeback against Donald Cerrone

CONOR MCGREGOR will be cheered on by his nearest and dearest when he makes his return to the Octagon this weekend.

The Notorious, 31, looks in incredible shape ahead of his showdown with Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The Irishman will have the support of his family when he returns to action – once sister Erin gets her passport sorted.

The Dancing With The Stars ace confirmed that she would be flying out to Las Vegas in order to give her support to her brother.

She wrote: "Lol, I just applied for my passport yesterday it had expired but yes I will be there."

Erin also lifted the lid on the special relationship she has with her brother during a Q and A on her Instagram story.

She wrote: "He is the most generous person I know and he inspired me to go after my dreams so yes.

"But I'm still the same Erin oh and I get fabulous presents lol."

Throughout McGregor's UFC career, his family and long-term partner Dee Devlin have always stuck by his side.

Erin last year shared a photo of the family members celebrating together after his fight against Eddie Alvarez which saw him scoop the UFC lightweight title.

Alongside a snap of McGregor with his new UFC title belt, she wrote: "What amazing memories we have together."

Last year for Mother's Day McGregor posted a tribute to his mam Margaret sharing a picture of the two celebrating in the ring together after his victory over Alvarez in 2016.

That win saw McGregor become the first person in the history of the UFC to hold world title belts at two different weights.

He wrote in his Instagram post "Happy Mother’s Day Ma" along with the photo of her kissing him on the head after the win.

And going back even further in his career McGregor's family members were all there for that first title victory over Jose Aldo in 2015.

The Notorious was crowned featherweight champ after scoring an incredible knockout victory in just 13 seconds against the Brazilian.

And the whole family were there in the Octagon to celebrate with the man who became the biggest star in the sport with his stunning win.

However success has not come as frequently in recent years for McGregor as it did during his stunning rise to the top.

The 31-year-old has not fought in the UFC since suffering a convincing loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October of 2018.

And he is without a win in the Octagon since that victory over Alvarez to win the UFC lightweight title back in 2016.

That time also featured a switch to boxing where McGregor suffered a defeat to legendary undefeated boxing star Floyd Mayweather.

However McGregor's family members were still by his side through the lower points of his fighting career.

Partner Dee Devlin was snapped looking concerned as she left the arena following the defeat and the chaotic scenes that broke out afterwards.

A mass brawl broke out as Khabib jumped out of the Octagon after his submission victory over McGregor.

And the then pregnant Devlin appeared worried as she left the T-Mobile Arena.

McGregor though will be hopeful that his family support can help him score a victory over Cerrone next weekend and prove he is still one of the top stars in the UFC.

The Notorious has promised fans that he will create magic in the Octagon when he takes on Cerrone.

He said: "I'm happy to come back and have my comeback fight and the beginning of my season against Donald and I look forward to it.

"It's going to be a good night and I'm going to shine here on January 18th.

"I'm going to create magic inside the Octagon like I have done many times before but this is going to be something special."

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