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UFC Rumors: Conor McGregor next opponent will be Rafael dos Anjos if he wins against Nate Diaz at UFC 202

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UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will be officially having his rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 202. Meanwhile, there has been a talked about whom will be his next opponent after this fight.

Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo are predicted to be the next opponent of Conor McGregor. The Irish fighter stated that he will only be interested in returning to the featherweight division once a fighter is already holding the interim featherweight belt. However, there is still a possibility that this speculation will be scrapped and McGregor will choose to stay in the lightweight division.

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Recalling the past events, Conor McGregor was supposed to be facing the UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196. The fight was said to be the second time in UFC history were two champions from a different division would fight for the same title. Unfortunately, dos Anjos was forced to be pulled out from the event due to a broken foot.

This gave Nate Diaz the chance to fight the UFC featherweight champion. In their UFC 196 bout, McGregor seemed to be in control after leaving a former lightweight challenger, bloody-faced at the end of round 1. To everyone’s surprise, Diaz successfully took down the Irish fighter and finally defeated him via rare naked choke.

Now, here is the possible scenario after their rematch at UFC 202. If Conor McGregor loses for the second time, there is a possibility that he will be going back to the featherweight division to defend his title. On the other hand, if he wins, chances are, he will be challenging Rafael dos Anjos for the second time.

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His decision might also be affected by the result of the Frankie Edgar-Jose Aldo bout. Conor McGregor is the type of fighter who fights for money. He might think that the fans would not want to see him fight an opponent he already defeated before.

Still, things are expected to change as UFC 200 and UFC 202 draw near.

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