After Conor McGregor proclaimed he could defeat Rafael dos Anjos, he advised “Notorious” to stay at 145, and now the lightweight champ has expanded on why.
Yes, people have grown pretty accustomed to McGregor making bold statements, but when the Irish star said he could be beat RDA “without a problem”, it turned plenty of heads. After all, dos Anjos is the man who recently cruised through Anthony Pettis, and has showcased fearsome skills both standing and on the ground.
“Man I don’t know how this guy thinks that,” said dos Anjos. “He flatters himself too much. I don’t see any way. I can stop the fight with him in my closed guard, I can stop on bottom. Whatever position he wants. There’s no way he can beat me. I don’t see, like any way. He’s a good fighter, but he needs to take care of the featherweight division first. Man, lightweight division is a shark tank, you know? He better stay in featherweight division.”
Now of course, first things first for McGregor, and that’s Jose Aldo, who is the greatest 145’er the sport has ever seen. But, if McGregor takes the featherweight belt, it would be interesting to see if he could make a title run at 155. McGregor is certainly a big 145’er, and at one point, was Cage Warrior’s lightweight champ.
Aldo-McGregor will take place at UFC 189, which will go down in Las Vegas on July 11th.