Rafael dos Anjos eyes reworked fight with Conor McGregor at 170 pounds: ‘That fight makes sense’

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Former undisputed UFC lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos maintains he is fully focused on this weekend’s co-main event slot against Bryan Barberena at UFC Orlando, however, insists a revisited clash against once-scheduled foe, Conor McGregor still makes sense – particularly at welterweight.

dos Anjos, a former undisputed lightweight champion under the banner of the UFC, held the championship between 2015 and 2016, defeating Anthony Pettis to clinch the crown before securing a sole successful title defense in a rematch knockout win over Donald Cerrone.

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As for McGregor, the former undisputed lightweight and featherweight champion is expected to make his Octagon comeback at the welterweight limit, however, will be tasked with snapping a run of two consecutive losses for the first time in his professional career.

Rafael dos Anjos eyes a rebooked clash with rival, Conor McGregor

Weighing up the possibility of scoring legacy fights off the back of a targeted win over Barberena this weekend in the ‘Sunshine State’, Rafael dos Anjos admitted a fight with Crumlin striker, McGregor still makes sense for the pair.

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“I have a challenge – a tough guy ahead of me on Saturday,” Rafael dos Anjos told assembled media during his media availability ahead of UFC Orlando. “We’ll see what comes next – Conor’s (McGregor) fighting at 170 (pounds), I think, I don’t think he’s fighting at 155 anymore. But we’ll see – that’s a fight that makes sense too. We’ll see what happens.”

Scheduled to headline UFC 196 back in 2016, dos Anjos was booked to defend his lightweight crown against then-featherweight titleholder, McGregor, however, in the weeks leading up to the bout, the Brazilain fractured a metatarsal in his foot, forcing him from the matchup.

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The veteran would go on to defend his lightweight crown in July of that year against common-foe, Eddie Alvarez, suffering a first round knockout loss at the MGM Grand.