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UFC 197 tips – McGregor to stop Dos Anjos in first round


Conor McGregor moves back to the lightweight division to contest Rafael dos Anjos for the world title, after stopping featherweight Jose Aldo in 13 seconds.

Having sensationally stopped former long-standing featherweight world champion Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds in his last bout, the new title-holder Conor McGregor will return to the lightweight division to challenge another Brazilian Rafael dos Anjos for his strap at UFC 197.

The Irishman sent shockwaves through the UFC with his quick-fire demolition of Brazilian Aldo, with his emphatic one-punch knockout ending a decade-long undefeated streak, and he now has his sights on another Samba fighter in Dos Anjos.

McGregor, known as ‘Mystic Mac’ for his successful fight predictions, foresaw many of his most recent UFC victories and is a best-priced 4/1 with bet365 to end Dos Anjos’ night in the first round on March 5th.

After already securing the UFC featherweight title, the deadly Dubliner is now seeking to make history by claiming the lightweight belt too in Las Vegas, as he moves up to a weight class in which he has earned previous success in and looks fit and prepared for already.

Many UFC onlookers have again questioned McGregor’s chances at lightweight, but this is a division which he has already caused previous havoc in and has declared in the past that his “real fight” was dropping weight for featherweight match-ups.

The 27-year-old has recently been pictured training once again in the United States and is looking massive ahead of his move up in weight, with the unbeaten UFC star a best-priced 13/8 with Sky Bet to win the lightweight title via another stoppage.

McGregor currently holds a record of 19-2 across MMA and UFC, and is undefeated in the latter, with 17 of his victories coming by knockout and 16 of which incredibly ending in the opening round.

‘The Notorious’ enters the octagon in March as the favourite to secure another piece of UFC silverware and a slice of history, having also been an overwhelming front-runner against Aldo.

This is despite being the title challenger and making a step up to lightweight, which only shows the dominant aura surrounding the sport’s leading light, so make sure to back McGregor at a promising 4/1 with bet365 to stop Dos Anjos in the first round.

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