Earlier this week, UFC confirmed that Conor McGregor would be facing Rafael dos Anjos for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 197.
The Irish fighter could make history at the event on March 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada as he could become the first fighter ever to hold UFC world titles in two different weight classes at the same time.
As many fans will know, the current UFC Featherweight Champion has built himself a reputation of a man that isn't afraid to say what is on his mind. He followed up to this expectation as soon as the match was announced.
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McGregor said on his Instagram that he would: “behead the American gringo” and claimed dos Anjos is a traitor to his Brazilian fans because he lives and trains in the United States, not Brazil.
The current UFC Lightweight Champion didn't take to this too kindly but offered his fans a valid reason as to why he trains in the USA, and not his home nation.
He said, according to MMAFighting: "It doesn't make any sense. We have a lot of Brazilians in the United States. It doesn't mean we're traitors to our country. I've got kids and I had to move for different things like better wrestling training partners here.
"I think that was a frustrated way to try to win the Brazilian fans. This guy is out of his mind. He's going to try to do his best to try to mess with my head. I don't hate him, but the Brazilians do. Brazil is on my side."
Both fighters should be taken seriously, as both can win title matches in quick times. Dos Anjos successfully defended his Lightweight Championship against Donald Cerrone with a 66-second knockout at 'UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2', while McGregor won the Featherweight Championship from Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds at last month's UFC 194 event, the quickest title fight knockout in UFC history.
The fighting talk has already begun and UFC fans should have much more of it to enjoy before UFC 197 takes place on March 5.