With 2016 well and truly underway following a sensational UFC 195 and fans are reportedly set for a treat in early March.
Multiple sources have suggested UFC 197 will feature a double main event with Conor McGregor and Holly Holm set to headline the event. Jeremy Blotter of Bleacher report was the first to break the news citing multiple sources.
All but the UFC itself has confirmed the double main-event. McGregor is set to step up in weight to 155 to face current lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos. McGregor, should he win, will become only the third fighter to hold titles in two different weight classes together with Randy Couture and BJ Penn, and the first to hold two titles simultaneously.
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The prospect of a bout with McGregor will certainly be mouth-watering for Dos Anjos who it seems has emerged as the winner in the race to fight the Irishman. Dos Anjos is set to defend his lightweight belt which he took from Anthony Pettis at 185 and recently defended against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.
The Brazilian’s 25-7 record proves his outstanding ability and many of his performances have been technically outstanding. According to Yahoo, Dana White said on UFC Tonight on Wednesday this week: “Normally, I’d say if you move up in weight, you have to give up the belt. (But) Conor has done everything he said he was gonna do. He wants to fight. He really likes money. If anyone can do it, it’s probably him.”
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This potentially historical bout would surely be the toughest of McGregor’s career to date though we’ve uttered those words before and been wide of the mark!
Both Nate Diaz and Frankie Edgar will be disappointed at the news of McGregor’s lightweight bout as both are potential contenders for the featherweight title. Edgar recently disposed of Chad Mendes with emphatic style in the first round on December 11, prior to McGregor capturing featherweight gold on December 12.
The powers that be have decided that sufficient time has passed before installing Holly Holm (10-0) into her first main-event as bantamweight champion, and is reportedly set to face Miesha Tate who has won four straight bouts.
Holm shocked the MMA world with a huge KO against undefeated Ronda Rousey. Holm requested a fight before facing Rousey again and it is suggested she has been granted this wish.
Excitement will no doubt be rife over the next few days and the hope is that this potential card will come to fruition. 2016 is off to a flying start and we hope that cards such as this will become a regular occurrence.