Rafael dos Anjos–Conor McGregor’s fight at UFC 197 in Las Vegas is one of the most anticipated fights of UFC. The lightweight champion is all pumped up to fight McGregor who is moving up from featherweight to lightweight division after defeating Jose Aldo at UFC 194 within 13 seconds.
Although McGregor once held titles at 145 and 155 pounds for Cage Warriors in his native Ireland, dos Anjos isn’t impressed with his credentials and in an interview to MMA Fighting dissed the UFC featherweight champion
“UFC lightweight division isn’t the belt he got in Ireland when he fought a guy with a record of 2-7,” Dos Anjos told MMA Fighting. “It’s a different world. He fought guys that don’t even have Sherdog pages. He holds belts off his amateur show in Ireland. It’s a different story to hold two UFC belts.”
“Lightweight division is a different story. We’ll see. Everybody talks. Anthony Pettis talked before the fight. Donald Cerrone talked before the fight. See what happened? I’ll let him talk and we’ll see what happens. I hope he’s training hard. I think he’s going to be scared once I hit him.”
“He doesn’t have anything to lose,” he added. “He’s a smart guy. He knows that if he loses to [featherweight contenders] Jose Aldo or Frankie Edgar, he doesn’t have anything. But at lightweight, if he wins, he’s the man. If he loses, he still has his belt.”
Calling his impending fight with McGregor just another fight, Dos Anjos says that he feels no pressure of the match: “I don’t feel any pressure. I have to take care of my family, my team and my legacy. It’s one more fight. There isn’t anything special in this fight. I’m just happy to put my hands on this guy and make him humble. I think the toughest part of this camp will be not putting my hands on him before the fight happens.”
Responding to McGregor’s trash talk of calling him a traitor, Dos Anjos feels that McGregor is out of his mind: “It doesn’t make any sense,” Dos Anjos said of McGregor’s comments. “We have a lot of Brazilians in the United States. It doesn’t mean we’re traitors to our country. I’ve got kids and I had to move for different things like better wrestling training partners here. I think that was a frustrated way to try to win the Brazilian fans. This guy is out of his mind. He’s going to try to do his best to try to mess with my head. I don’t hate him, but the Brazilians do. Brazil is on my side.”