Mixed martial arts fans are in for a treat as the UFC has just announced some major fights for an event right around the corner. UFC 197 was originally set to take place in Brazil with a rumored fight between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort. But due to various complications including issues with the Brazilian economy and Belfort’s alleged reluctance to fight, the event was cancelled. Now it has been revived in Vegas and the UFC has stacked it with two major title fights:
The Conor McGregor fight is historic in that it’s only the second time in UFC history that a champion from one weightclass has been allowed to move up and challenge the champion in another. To add to the excitement, the UFC has said if McGregor wins the lightweight strap, they will let him keep his featherweight belt and defend both at the same time.
McGregor has already started to promote the fight, calling out Rafael Dos Anjos for living in America and announcing on Facebook that he “has chosen to dedicate this demolition job to the loyal people of Brazil and all the fans around the globe who stay true to their roots and loyal to their land” and will “behead the ‘American Gringo’ Rafael Dos Anjos, in the name of La Brasilia!” Okay then.