As reported here at Caged Insider by Jim Genia, the next UFC lightweight title fight appears to be in the works — and it’s a doozy.
The promotion’s lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos, fresh off a dominant performance against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, is said to be facing none other than UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor at UFC 197.
The bout would mark the first time two UFC champions faced off since BJ Penn challenged Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight title in 2009.
According to Dos Anjos’ trainer Rafael Cordeiro, the bout isn’t 100% confirmed — but it looks like a “go,” and Cordeiro and company couldn’t be happier.
“We didn’t receive an official 100 percent confirmation from the UFC, but that’s something we’re waiting on,” Cordeiro said to Sherdog. “From our part, it’s already signed. It’s important to make it clear that this was a request from McGregor. Rafael is really happy to ‘welcome’ him in a brutal way to the lightweight division.”
Cordeiro, whose Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, California has become one of the sport’s most dominant camps, says he expects his charge to not only win, but “finish in a brutal way.”
“It’s a fighter that we truly believe we can beat,” he said. “He’s coming from a lower division, and he can be sure that he’ll face a strong champion who will not change his style. McGregor has already proven to be a great athlete, but we have five rounds to beat him and Rafael is coming in hungry to beat him, not only physically but spiritually, and to break his soul inside the Octagon. I bet Rafael will finish him in a brutal way, the same way he has finished his last fights.”
UFC 197 is scheduled for March 5 in Las Vegas.