UFC president Dana White believes that Conor McGregor will not be able to beat lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196 on March 5.
McGregor, the reigning UFC featherweight champion, will make history if he defeats Dos Anjos as he will become the first UFC fighter to hold two different belts at the same time.
However, White does not see that happening, especially as this will be McGregor’s first fight in the lightweight division. Furthermore, Dos Anjos has been in impressive form and is on five-fight winning streak, which includes victories over Anthony Pettis, who he beat to win the lightweight title, and Donald Cerrone, who he knocked out in just 66 seconds.
“I don’t see how he wins this fight,” White told At The Buzzer. “He’s the 145-pound champion. He can stay in his own lane.
“This guy is moving up to 155 to take on an animal, who destroyed Cowboy Cerrone, destroyed Anthony Pettis. And this isn’t boxing, where you move up two or three pounds. You move up 15 pounds!”
However, beating McGregor will be no easy feat for Dos Anjos as the Irishman is currently undefeated in the UFC and ended Jose Aldo’s five-year reign as featherweight champion in just 13 seconds in his most recent fight at UFC 194 on December 12.