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Unimpressed with ‘Irish amateur belts,’ Rafael dos Anjos says Conor McGregor is ‘out of his mind’

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UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor looks to make history on March 5, but Rafael dos Anjos won’t make it easy.

McGregor moves up a weight class to challenge the lightweight champ at UFC 197 in Las Vegas, Nevada. If he can beat Dos Anjos, McGregor would be the first UFC champ to simultaneously hold a pair of title belts in the promotion.

McGregor held the same honor in his native Ireland when he held titles at 145 and 155 pounds for Cage Warriors, but Dos Anjos isn’t impressed.

“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 MMAFighting.com. “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.”

A number of lightweights have chirped at McGregor, but the allure of breaking more ground in the UFC was too much for McGregor to pass up.

“He doesn’t have anything to lose,” said Dos Anjos. “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.

“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 ….View full article

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