The UFC lightweight champion said Wednesday at the UFC 197 on-sale press conference that he could finish McGregor quickly, but he won’t. Instead, he wants to brutalize McGregor for all the outrageous things he has said over the years.
“I’m gonna have a chance to finish this fight in the first round,” dos Anjos said. “But I want to punish him all the way until the third, until the fourth. I’m gonna make him bleed. He’s gonna pay for everything he’s talking about everybody. For all the disrespect this guy has. I’m gonna punish him for minutes.”
Dos Anjos defends his belt against McGregor in the main event of the huge card March 5 here at MGM Grand. Just seconds after the fight was announced last week, McGregor went on the offense, calling dos Anjos a traitor for leaving his native Brazil and moving to California. Dos Anjos lives and trains in Orange County.