The year 2016 could not be any better for MMA fans and UFC 197 is all set to be the biggest cards of the year.
Yes, you read it right.
MMA Fighting confirms that Conor McGregor will move up to lightweight division and have a title fight against Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of UFC 197 on March 5 in Las Vegas. If this news wasn’t enough then hold your breath, for in the targeted co-main event, Holly Holm will make her first women’s bantamweight title defense against Miesha Tate since her win over Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in November last year.
The news about the UFC 197 main and co-event on March 5 was first reported by Bleacher Report’s Jeremy Botter with FOX Sports also confirming the news on Thursday. However, no official announcement has come from UFC.
McGregor is all set to move up to the lightweight division at 155 pounds-the second fighter after B.J. Penn in UFC history to do so- after we reported yesterday that UFC President, Dana White will make the exception for McGregor.
With McGregor set to fight Anjos at UFC 197 in March, the card is all set to feature the second champion-versus-champion bout in UFC history that is expected to break all records.
Anjos is already riding on a five-fight winning streak including back-to-back title bouts against Anthony Pettis and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, and with McGregor’s first attempt at lightweight division that too against a dangerous champion, the fight is sure going to break all records. McGregor’s last fight where he knocked out Aldo within 13 seconds is still one of the best moments of UFC history and it will be interesting to see whether he betters his own previous record or falls down at the task.
Meanwhile, fans wanting for a Holly Holm-Ronda Rousey rematch will have to wait a bit longer for before that Holm is set to fight Miesha Tate who has four straight wins in her first bantamweight title defense. Holm who signed a mutli-fight contract with UFC has been clamouring for a fight and it seems she has got her wish. News of her fight with Tate comes after White revealed on UFC Tonight on Wednesday that Holm would defend her belt first before having a rematch with Rousey.
UFC 197 was originally supposed to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but the decision to move it came last month. It will now be held in Las Vegas.