MMA Junkie– Brace yourself, but UFC 197 looks like it might just be a blockbuster.
Bleacher Report on Thursday indicated that UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will out his belt on the line against featherweight champ Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 197, while women’s bantamweight champ Holly Holm will face Miesha Tate in the night’s co-feature.
Breaking news out of the MMA world tonight reports that UFC 197 will feature both Connor McGregor and Holly Holm in Las Vegas March 5th. While I’m not the biggest MMA fan in the game, I am a fan of what these two did to their last opponents. McGregor has become must-watch tv after slamming his little Irish fists into Aldo and knocking him out in 13 seconds. Holly Holm stepped up and knocked out Ronda Rousey (what ever happened to that girl?) in a second round knockout no one saw coming.
Connor McGregor is moving up weight classes to fight Dos Anjos, which would allow him to become one of three UFC fighters ever to hold titles in two different divisions. Although the fight lacks name recognition, the fight will be worth it for the theatrics alone.
Based on the announcement, Ronda will have to wait for her big rematch with Holm. Although Holm was +800 the first time around, is she beats Tate the rematch will certainly be close and contested. Ronda had no problem with Tate, so a potential rematch appears likely.
Dana White looks to be setting up some big rematches in the coming months, including Holm v Rousey 2, Aldo v McGregor 2, and Jones v Cormier 2. For some reason, UFC is banned from NY while the extremely safe sport of Boxing is legal, so New Yorkers who are looking to attend the April UFC 198 event may have to travel over to NJ to catch some UFC action. The telling months will be key for the growth of UFC’s popularity.