UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has opened up as the betting favorite in a hypothetical matchup with his 155-pound counterpart, Rafael dos Anjos.
McGregor most recently defeated Jose Aldo at UFC 194 to become the undisputed champion at 145 pounds. After knocking Aldo out in 13 seconds, McGregor set his sights on the lightweight division, looking to replicate his Cage Warriors accolades by becoming a dual-division champion at featherweight and lightweight. Prior to defeating Aldo, McGregor reeled off six straight wins inside of the UFC, victorious over names like Chad Mendes, Dennis Siver, Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway.
For his part, dos Anjos recently defended his lightweight title for the first time since dethroning former champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 185 in March. Once considered a journeyman at 155 pounds, dos Anjos has recent dominant victories over Pettis, Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz. He most recently defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC on FOX 17 in Orlando Saturday — exactly one week after McGregor took centerstage in Las Vegas.
“Conor McGregor has been saying that he wants to come to my division. It [would not be] a smart decision for him,” dos Anjos said during the post-fight press conference. “But if he wants to come, I would be happy to welcome him.”
McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, has gone on record to say “The Notorious” will bypass a featherweight title match with Frankie Edgar in favor of a shot at the lightweight title. They are looking at UFC 198 in April as a potential landing spot.