Rafael dos Anos believes him fighting Conor McGregor next makes a lot of sense.
dos Anjos and McGregor were supposed to fight at UFC 196 for the lightweight title. Yet, RDA pulled out of the bout with an injury and McGregor ended up facing Nate Diaz. Rafael dos Anjos, meanwhile, would go on to lose his belt to Eddie Alvarez, but he hopes the fight happens next.
“I think Conor would be a good fight because even though he’s coming off a loss, he still has a better position on the rankings than I do,” Rafael dos Anjos said to MMA Junkie. “I think he’d be a good option and he draws a lot of attention. It could be a good fight because we already have a history. But like I said, we still have all the good options. The division is crazy. It’s a good mix right now.”
Although many believe Conor McGregor will have his trilogy with Dustin Poirier. Yet, given RDA and McGregor have a history he believes the fight makes sense.
If the McGregor bout doesn’t happen, dos Anjos wants anyone ranked above him in Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira, Tony Ferguson, or Michael Chandler.
“I think anybody ahead of me in the rankings would be a good fight,” dos Anjos said. “I see Gaethje, he mentioned my name, Oliveira, all these guys, Chandler, even Tony (Ferguson). He’s coming off two losses, but he’s ahead of me in the rankings and could be a good (fight). Tony was a guy that beat me on the follow-up fight when I lost my title. It could be a good way for me to build up, to re-write my history again, and to have that rematch would be cool too.
“So there’s so many options, but I’m pretty much open to fight all these guys. Gaethje, Oliveira, Tony, Chandler, all these guys (and) Conor.”