Conor McGregor kicked off his all-out verbal assault on Rafael dos Anjos with a bold prediction…
As usual, featherweight champion Conor McGregor set the MMA world ablaze during yesterday’s UFC 197 press conference with a new set of seething quotes directed at his current opponent, UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, whom he’ll meet in the highly anticipated main event of the March 5 pay-per-view (PPV) card from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
‘The Notorious’ has been busy on the mic since his emphatic 13-second KO of MMA legend Jose Aldo at December 12’s UFC 194, and even though the recently dominant dos Anjos presents a stiff challenge, it seems as if McGregor is brushing that prospect off a little bit. To him, he’s just another roadblock on the way to more UFC title belts:
“I will go through every single one of them; make no mistake about it. Rafael is next, and that is it. More gold belts.”
Not predominantly known for his trash talk as opposed to his fighting skills, Dos Anjos has made headlines by trouncing Benson Henderson, Nate Diaz, Anthony Pettis, and Donald Cerrone in rapid succession to become the best 155-pound fighter in MMA. Yet McGregor once again partook in mind games to seemingly look past ‘RDA’ by bringing up the prospect of moving up to 170 pounds to fight for a third belt:
“I am an active champion. I will fight in many weight divisions. As it grows and all of this forms now, I like the sound of that 170-pound title. I feel I can take down them three gold belts, and I feel I can do it by the year’s end.”
While that may seem like an almost unattainable goal to work towards, McGregor cited his high activity level in conjunction with the belief that he’ll finish dos Anjos inside of one minute like he did Aldo. To him, dos Anjos is just a slower version of ‘Junior,’ whom he labeled a ‘true Brazilian champion’ unlike dos Anjos.
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