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UFC 197: Rafael dos Anjos Plans to “Punish” Conor McGregor, “Make Him Bleed” For Disrespect

Kelsey Mowatt

Rafael dos Anjos

All things considered, Rafael dos Anjos did a pretty good job at keeping things together at Wednesday’s UFC 197 presser, but the lightweight champ still had some heated words for Conor McGregor.

The champions are booked to fight on March 5th in Las Vegas, and at the media event, McGregor wasted little time before he began sending verbal shots RDA’s way. The lightweight champ didn’t lose his cool, but dos Anjos did offer this (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“I’m gonna have a chance to finish this fight in the first round,” dos Anjos said. “But I want to punish him all the way until the third, until the fourth. I’m gonna make him bleed. He’s gonna pay for everything he’s talking about everybody. For all the disrespect this guy has. I’m gonna punish him for long minutes.”

It’s going to be fascinating to see what goes down. If you missed it, McGregor’s predicting he’ll “dust” RDA in under 60 seconds.

UFC 197 will also feature a bantamweight fight between champion Holly Holm and Miesha Tate in the co-headliner.

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