When UFC 194 was announced, some considered it one of the greatest fight cards in UFC’s history, with McGregor-Aldo and Weidman-Rockhold on the same weekend. Well, it sure looks like UFC 197 is going to blow that straight out of the water.
Ronda Rousey may still be the biggest name in mixed martial arts, but no one’s stars are brighter than Conor McGregor and Holly Holm’s. And they’ll be fighting on the same night! Hold on to your butts. Holm will face Miesha Tate, who many consider the third-best fighter in the 135-pound weight class (you can guess one and two, we imagine), but who is sick and tired of getting beaten by Ronda. Maybe she’ll have better luck against a different style of fighter.
McGregor’s fight is where it gets really interesting, however. He’s the current featherweight (145 pounds) champion, but will be moving up in weight class to fight 155-pound Rafael dos Anjos. If he wins, he would be only the third fighter ever in UFC to hold titles in multiple classes, after Randy Couture and B.J. Penn. After the cruel way he dispatched one of the greatest fighters ever in Jose Aldo, you can understand if he feels like he’s ready for a new challenge.
UFC 197 is setting up to truly be a night for the ages, and it will be on March 5 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.