“It’s going to be beautiful. I don’t see this fight going five rounds. I see myself dominating him completely. The way I train, the way I spar, I’m out of my comfort zone every single day, and you can see the result in my fights. I was tested several times, I proved myself. I’ve been through good and bad situations inside the Octagon, and this guy only knows the good part of the game. I will show him the worst side of the game. Aldo was going to be the first to show him that, but there was no fight. I won’t call it luck, but a moment of distraction from Aldo. Maybe he got too emotive and tried to finish it quickly, but I won’t be like that. I will be calm and kick his ass for good. I want to finish him. I want to submit him, actually. Sometimes you knock someone out and the way they go down isn’t nice, but when you submit someone… I want to make him quit, I want him asking me to stop. That’s what I want.”
-UFC Lightweight Champ Rafael dos Anjos gives a prediction for his UFC 197 main event with UFC Featherweight Champ Conor McGregor in an interview with MMAFighting.com.
Penick’s Analysis: Given time to talk without interruption from McGregor certainly helps the champ get his point across. From a mass stand point he’s going to be a larger framed guy than McGregor, though he’s slightly shorter with a shorter reach. But if his goal is to pressure McGregor, beat him up on the ground, and make him quit, he’s going to have a very real chance to do that in this fight. It’s on the Irishman to back up what he’s said and to not let that happen.
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