OFFICIAL: McGregor to Fight For Lightweight Title

Conor McGregor To Fight For Lightweight Title

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McGregor Takes On Dos Anjos at UFC 197

After much speculation, it was officially announced today that SBG Ireland’s UFC featherweight champion, Conor McGregor, will be fighting UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos at 155bs, seeking to become the first UFC fighter in history to hold two titles at once. With what could yet again be one of the UFC’s biggest fights ever, fighters, fans and journalists are already eager to talk about how McGregor’s mouth is writing checks he can’t cash. Those who have followed McGregor closely, though, will note that such doubt is nothing new.

Last month Conor McGregor entered the record books for knocking out possibly the best pound-for-pound fighter of all time, Jose Aldo, in a mere thirteen seconds. It was an emphatic end to a year of speculation over whether McGregor really had what it took to be UFC featherweight champion. While those in the know never had any doubt, others lined up to poke holes in McGregor’s claim to the title, stating that he had been protected by the UFC, that previous wins weren’t as impressive as many thought, and that once faced with an opponent like Aldo, Conor would soon taste defeat. A year of hype  came to an end so fast some will still call McGregor’s win a fluke, but the fallen champion was there beneath McGregor for all to see.

But it isn’t just in the lead up to title fights that McGregor’s ability to step up has been questioned. Prior to his contest with Dustin Poirier in September 2014, commentators argued that, while McGregor’s win over Diego Brandao two months earlier looked solid on paper, it was but a one-off. You see, that fight was at UFC Fight Night Dublin; without the electric atmosphere of home support, McGregor would come unstuck. Besides, McGregor was all talk and had never fought against a top ten featherweight like Poirier. Despite all that, McGregor predicted a first round knock-out and had the fight wrapped up within two minutes…

After dispatching his next opponent Dennis Siver with consummate ease, McGregor’s title shot was put on hold due to Aldo’s injury, and at the last moment, Chad Mendes stepped in. Once again, McGregor-doubters began predicting the worst. McGregor had never faced a true wrestler like Mendes – all of McGregor’s precision and flair will be no match against an elite wrestler, especially one as athletic and explosive as Chad. McGregor correctly predicted that he would knock Mendes out in the second round…

With trash talk second in brutality only to his knock-out power, every step of the way McGregor has emphatically answered any questions asked of him by his detractors. Yet only a week after the fastest title win in UFC history against Aldo, fighters from the lightweight division lined up in post-fight interviews to call him out, and fans scoffed and dismissed the notion that he has what it takes to step up in weight class. With the fight against Dos Anjos set for March 5th, prepare for more of the same. With a talent and charisma as remarkable as McGregor’s, paired with a determination to push further and rise faster that others though possible with each contest, it is only natural that he have his detractors and people will complain. Only time will tell as to whether McGregor is indeed good enough to dominate the lightweight division as he foresees, but one thing is for sure, up until now, it hasn’t paid to be on the wrong side of Mystic Mac’s predictions…

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