After knocking out Jose Aldo at UFC 194, Conor McGregor have plenty of options to choose from with regards to future opponents. He could have gone for a rematch with Aldo or chose other fighters like Frankie Edgar, who had been clamoring for a fight with him. But McGregor decided to move up to lightweight division and picked Rafael dos Anjos as his next opponent instead.
So is McGregor crazy then for wanting a fight with Dos Anjos who is the current UFC lightweight champion? According to UFC President Dana White, McGregor indeed is crazy but in a good way.
“Conor wants to be a two-belt champion, so he wants to fight dos Anjos, which is crazy,” Dana White said on Opie with Jim Norton on Thursday, reports MMA Fighting. “If you look at that guy, look what he did to ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, look what he did to Ben Henderson, look what he did to Anthony Pettis. And now Conor wants to fight this guy. It’s gonna be awesome.”
McGregor made history when he knocked out Aldo within 13 seconds into the fight to become the UFC featherweight champion. And now he is eying to make history again by holding two belts in two different weight classes at the same time.
McGregor though sure knows his game plan. He is quite smart, cunning and calculative that way. A flamboyant person, McGregor tries to get into his opponent’s mind with his trash talks before every fight. And he succeeds quite well in it.
He did the same with Jose Aldo and now he is doing it again with Dos Anjos by calling Anjos a “traitor”. But will McGregor succeed this time with his same game plan and same warfare tactic? Only time will tell but White surely thinks that McGregor’s warfare game is very strong.
“It’s not even about shit talk with this guy,” White said. “His mental warfare game is better than anything I’ve ever seen in how he gets in guys’ heads immediately. Very intelligent, calculated. Conor McGregor is a very interesting guy.”
The fight between McGregor and Dos Anjos is scheduled to take place at UFC 196 on March 5 in Las Vegas. Win or lose, McGregor will remain the featherweight champion.
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