Things are heating up going into UFC 196 as Brazilian coach Rafael Cordeiro predicts that Conor McGregor will quit when he meets Rafael dos Anjos come March 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cordeiro via Combate stated that his student and current lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos is not intimidated by McGregor or his antics and will make the Irish fighter quit in the middle of the fight.
“The way I see it, Rafael will do just fine. He’s very excited about this fight and will drag McGregor to deep waters. He has never faced anybody like Rafael. We believe he can beat Conor up badly. It may even be the first time Conor will ask for a fight to be stopped,” Cordeiro said.
Cordeiro is a Brazilian who is a former Muay Thai, kickboxing and MMA fighter. He now coaches at Kings MMA. He has trained numerous world champions and contenders including Jose Landi-Jons, Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio Rua and Fabricio Werdum.
In 2012, he won the best coach award and the best gym in the world. He was also named 2015 Coach of the Year at the World MMA awards.
Under the guidance of Cordeiro, Dos Anjos was officially ranked fourth in UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings. He is also ranked no. 1 in the lightweight division and second pound-for-pound by Sherdog.
Dos Anjos is set to take on McGregor in the scheduled super fight that will also have the UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm making her first title defense against Miesha Tate.
UFC 196 will also feature light heavyweight Corey Anderson taking on Tom Lawlor. Come fight night it will also feature Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb (welterweight); Darren Elkins against Chas Skelly (featherweight); Diego Sanchez versus Jim Miller (lightweight); Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko (women’s bantamweight); Justin Salas vs. Jason Saggo (lightweight); Julian Erosa vs. Teruto Ishihara (featherweight); Gian Villante vs. Ilir Latifi (light heavyweight); and Brandon Thatch vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (welterweight).
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