UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor, who will likely fight Jose Aldo in December to decide who the undisputed UFC featherweight champion is, has vowed to move up to lightweight after he defeats Aldo, so he can beat up the UFC lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos, and become a two-division champion, and, it appears that dos Anjos is very interested in a fight with McGregor.
Rafael dos Anjos — who is set to defend his lightweight title for the very first time against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone — says that a fight with Conor McGregor would be “easy money,” and that he hopes McGregor will eventually move up to lightweight so he can beat him up.
“I would love if he comes to lightweight, it would be easy money to beat that guy up. I’d be happy if he comes to lightweight, to welcome him to the division, even in Ireland. It’s hard to say how the fight would be, but it would be aggressive, heavy hands, and he wouldn’t handle it.”
Conor McGregor is coming off of the biggest win of his career, as he defeated Chad Mendes last month. McGregor was originally scheduled to face Jose Aldo, but Aldo was forced to pull out of the fight roughly two weeks beforehand due to a rib injury.
Rafael believes that McGregor would have lost to Aldo if he wasn’t forced to pull out of the fight. He also believes that if Chad Mendes had a full training camp, and was able to get in shape for the fight, he would have defeated McGregor, as well.
“This guy has no chance. Aldo would destroy him. If Chad Mendes was in shape, he would have destroyed him, he showed that. He walked right next to me and he’s too small, he looked like a chicken. Chad Mendes is strong, but McGregor has no chances. That fight really exposed who he really is. He’s that fighter.”
Before McGregor knocked out Mendes towards the end of the second round, he was clearly losing the fight. Mendes took him down almost at will, but, because of the short training camp, Mendes gassed out, and McGregor was able to take advantage.
If McGregor ends up defeating Aldo, it’s unlikely that he’ll move up to 155 pounds right away. But, if he does, a fight with Rafael dos Anjos would definitely be interesting. But, both men have bigger fish to fry as of this moment.
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