At this moment, Conor McGregor is the biggest star UFC has on their active roster. Known for his vulgar charisma on the microphone, “The Notorious” was able to back up his words in the cage. In 2015 alone, McGregor technically knocked out Dennis Silver to become the number one contender, technically knocked out Chad Mendes to become the interim UFC Featherweight Champion, and knocked out in José Aldo within 13 seconds of the first round to become the undisputed UFC Featherweight Champion.
Now Conor McGregor wants to make UFC history by becoming the promotions first double champion. He will get his chance when he takes on Rafael dos Anjos for the UFC lightweight championship at UFC 196: dos Anjos vs. McGregor. However, McGregor is already looking forward to the future as he is possibly gunning for the welterweight championship as well.
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To be fair, Conor McGregor himself did not make any statements that he would possibly jump to the welterweight division. According to MMA Junkie, McGregor’s coach, John Kavanaugh, made wrote in an article for Irish website The 42. In it, Kavanaugh played off heightened rumors of McGregor jumping on a welterweight title shot at UFC 200 by writing that it wouldn’t surprise him if McGregor had his next fight at that division.
“I think that would be fantastic. We’re already talking about making history in a few weeks, but can you imagine what it will be like if Conor is the champion in three weight classes by the summer?
As time goes on, it’s harder to predict what will happen in the future. Conor has a sort of unusual body type in that even though he can make featherweight; he’s still a very big lightweight. Given some time, as well as a bit of strength and conditioning work, he could also be a force at welterweight. This is an interesting time.”
Conor McGregor looking forward to conquering a new division is fine and dandy, but he needs to concentrate on the challenge ahead of him now. Just like how McGregor dominated the featherweight division, Rafael dos Anjos has dominated the lightweight division. As a matter of fact, dos Anjos’ 2015 was just as prosperous to him as it was for McGregor. He won the number one contendership for the UFC lightweight championship after defeating Nick Diaz back in December of 2014. He then became champion after defeating Anthony Pettis, than successfully defended the title against Donald Cerrone. Rafael dos Anjos is also on a current winning streak, five wins long so far. It is nowhere near McGregor’s current 15-fight win streak but five wins straight is still an accomplishment.
UFC 196: dos Anjos vs. McGregor will take place on March 5, 2016. The venue will be the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Its co-main event is also highly-anticipated at the new UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Holly Holm, will have her first title defense against former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion and number one contender, Miesha Tate.
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