Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos is still gunning for a fight against former two-division champion Conor McGregor.
The pair were initially supposed to fight five years ago in 2016 at UFC 196. However, the fight fell through after Rafael Dos Anjos pulled out of the fight and the Irishmen instead fought Nate Diaz, which would later blossom into an amazing MMA rivalry.
Following the fight with Diaz, Conor McGregor eventually become UFC lightweight champion by knocking out Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. Eddie Alvarez had captured the lightweight title by defeating Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 90.
Rafael Dos Anjos hoping for a fight against Conor McGregor
Speaking to MMAjunkie.com, Rafael Dos Anjos said that he is still looking forward to fighting Conor McGregor and is confident of beating him and considers himself as a bad match-up for the Irishman.
“I believe when I fought Conor he was in the best moment of his career, and I was in the best moment of my career,” Rafael dos Anjos told MMA Junkie. “I had the belt at the time, and I was feeling pretty confident at that time, and I was in great shape. I think I’m a very bad matchup for Conor. Especially for my style, my kicks and southpaw stance, my grappling skills, my wrestling skills. But that’s something that passed already. With the results of his last fights, I think our paths can cross again, but there’s so many options right now in that division.”
While he wants to take on the Irishmen, the 36-year old Brazilian said that he would be happy to take on any top-ranking fighter in his weight class.
“I think anybody ahead of me in the rankings would be a good fight,” dos Anjos said. “I see Gaethje, he mentioned my name, Oliveira, all these guys, Chandler, even Tony (Ferguson). He’s coming off two losses, but he’s ahead of me in the rankings and could be a good (fight). Tony was a guy that beat me on the follow-up fight when I lost my title. It could be a good way for me to build up, to re-write my history again, and to have that rematch would be cool too.” (H/T – MMAJunkie.com)
Dos Anjos is coming off of a win against Paul Felder at UFC Fight Night 182 last November.
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