Thursday 8 December 2016

74pc of fans believe Conor McGregor will create history at UFC 197 and defeat Rafael dos Anjos

Published 15/01/2016 | 20:04

Conor McGregor will face Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 197
Conor McGregor will face Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 197

Almost three quarters of Independent.ie readers believe that Conor McGregor will defeat Rafael dos Anjos and become the first dual-champion in UFC history, a survey has revealed.

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‘The Notorious’ defeated Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds in December to claim the featherweight title, and returns to the scene of the crime in March as he bids to claim the lightweight title against current champion dos Anjos.

The 27-year-old has been bullish of his chances, describing his opponent as a “traitor” to the people of Brazil.

In a survey among 3,874 readers on Independent.ie, 74pc of our readers said they are confident that McGregor will extend his unbeaten record at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Dos Anjos meanwhile has hit back at McGregor’s taunts.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” he said of the jibe on social media. “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.”

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