Rafael dos Anjos wants Nate Diaz or Robbie Lawler at UFC 200

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UFC 200 is coming up this summer and promises to be one of the biggest events in the history of the company. 

There are already several top stars rumoured to headline the event, with Conor McGregor, Georges St-Pierre, Ronda Rousey, Cain Velasquez and Jon Jones all being tipped to take part at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 9.

And now, another Champion wants to join the party, with Rafael dos Anjos pushing for a fight at the big event - and the Brazilian has two opponents in mind.


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Diaz or Lawler

According to dos Anjos' manager Ali Abdel-Aziz, the UFC's reigning lightweight champion is hoping to fight either Nate Diaz or UFC welterweight titleholder Robbie Lawler in a champion versus champion superfight at the July 9 event.

Dos Anjos (25-7) called out Lawler earlier this month in an interview on The MMA Hour, stating that while he respected the American, he would gladly move up in weight to challenge for the UFC welterweight title.

If Conor McGregor had beaten Nate Diaz at UFC 196, he would've taken the Lawler fight at Welterweight in July, seeing as the Irishman literally said he was already looking past Dos Anjos and straight at Lawler, even before Dos Anjos got injured.

Now, with McGregor having to slump back at 145lbs where he holds the flyweight title, Lawler's belt is open and Dos Anjos doesn't really have a big name competitor in store to fight.

Apparently, however, the UFC has informed dos Anjos that it has different plans for his next fight, though that hasn't stopped dos Anjos for campaigning for his shot at UFC 200.

The Brazilian most recently withdrew from his lightweight title defense against McGregor at UFC 196 after suffering a broken foot.

Instead, Diaz stepped in on short notice despite having been relaxing in Mexico when he received the call and submitted the Irishman with a second-round rear-naked choke, throwing a wrench into McGregor's plans for cross-divisional world domination and leaving the UFC without an obvious match-up to market for UFC 200.

Previous Fight

Dos Anjos has already beaten Nate Diaz, though, in a dominating decision win back in 2014.

However, with Diaz's star brighter than it's ever been, a rematch could be on the cards. 

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