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UFC 196 – dos Anjos vs McGregor

After several changes in venue and fight card, it looks like UFC 196 will go forward on March 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event features what figures to be a Lightweight Championship title war between defending Champion Rafael dos Anjos (24-7) and the challenger and current UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor (19-2). This marks only the second time in UFC history that two champions from two different weight classifications faced off in a title bout.

While the fight was just recently signed, the war of words between these two fighters began at the UFC 194 “Go Big” fight where McGregor, nicknamed “the Notorious,” was doing a promotional press conference for his UFC Featherweight title bout against defending Champion Jose Aldo. After leveling insults at Aldo, McGregor turned his venom on both but Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone, claiming they only wanted to fight him because that’s where the money is and doing so would “improve their bum life.”

Perhaps as a reaction to being continually interrupted at their recent joint press conference, dos Anjos had a few words for his opponent during a recent interview:

“This guy is going to try to get under my skin, but I have a lot of experience inside of the cage. I’ve been fighting since I was 19 years old. I’m just ready to go there and shut this guy’s mouth.” Later adding, “This guy thinks because he dresses in expensive clothes and he drives nice cars that he has class, but he is classless. He has no class, he’s a lowlife. I can’t wait to go there. I’m not taking it personal, he’s an actor who is acting. Once I go there, I’m a straight guy, I don’t talk, I do. I’m going to go there and send him back home and to his division. He is going to have nightmares with the lightweight division for the rest of his life.”

McGregor, currently ranked the third best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC, comes into this fight with a 15-fight winning streak. He last lost in November of 2010. As a devastating puncher, 7 of his last 8 fights have been determined by KO or TKO, including his most recent 1st round KO of Aldo. It’s worth noting only one of his victories came via submission while he was submitted in both of his two losses. This will be his eighth UFC fight.

dos Anjos comes into this fight having won 10 of his last 11 fights. Most of his fights have gone the distance due to his quick strikes, grappling skills and ability to take a punch. He won the title back in March of 2015 with a decision over Anthony Pettis, then successfully defended it against Cerrone with a TKO in December.

Prediction: The line on this fight has McGregor favored at -145 with dos Anjos listed at +125. There is little evidence dos Anjos is going to be able to trade punches with his opponent. The outcome of the fight comes down to dos Anjos being able to use his speed to stay close enough to McGregor to avoid the Irishman’s punching strength. At -145, this looks like a great place to take a white hot McGregor. Using his strength and reach advantage, he will KO dos Anjos in the second round.

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