Since his introduction to the UFC in April of 2013, Conor McGregor has been making headline after headline, and not just because of his impressive seven-fight win streak.
McGregor has characterized himself as one of the biggest trash talkers in the sport, and a good one at that. He is notorious for getting inside the heads of his opponents and breaking them down mentally before they even meet inside the octagon.
However, this might not be possible with his upcoming opponent, Rafael dos Anjos. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter has extensive experience, having more than twice as many fights as the Irishman. Known for his vicious fighting style, dos Anjos is equally tough mentally as he is physically. Many have come to question if McGregor has met his match.
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Despite dos Anjos’ impressive credentials, McGregor has not wasted any time to start the trash talk. As soon as the fight was officially announced, McGregor took to Facebook to shame the Brazilian, calling him a “traitor” to his people and vowed to “behead” him in the octagon.
If McGregor were to live up to his words, he would be the first fighter to simultaneously hold two UFC titles in different weight classes, already being featherweight champion and now contending for the lightweight title.
As admirable an accomplishment that would be, it won’t be a walk in the park. Dos Anjos is arguably the toughest opponent the Irishman has faced to date, with a record of 24 wins and seven losses.
This leaves many UFC fans wondering if McGregor will be able to maintain his form in the lightweight division or if he will face a similar fate to that of Ronda Rousey; the infamously braggadocious female bantamweight ex-champion who was famously KO’d by Holly Holm.
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