Rafael dos Anjos Opens as -130 Favorite

Published on January 9th, 2016 1:19 pm EST

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The mixed martial arts world was shocked to learn earlier this week that a Lightweight title fight between Rafael dos Anjos (current champion) and Conor McGregor (Featherweight champion, moving up to Lightweight division temporarily) has been booked as the main event of UFC 197. The card is taking place at a yet to be determined location in Las Vegas on March 5th, 2016.

Rafael dos Anjos, who has been a one-main wrecking crew since winning the Lightweight title, has opened as the slight favorite to win on March 5th. Here are the current betting odds:

Rafael dos Anjos, -130
Conor McGregor, EVEN

Based on these odds, a successful $130 bet on Rafael dos Anjos would yield a total profit of $100, while a successful $100 bet on Conor McGregor would return you $100 in profit.

Sure, Conor McGregor is moving up a division and Rafael dos Anjos looks like an absolute beast, but there are a few things to remember:

1) McGregor possesses tremendous power and is almost certainly capable of knocking people out in the Lightweight division

2) McGregor just knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds

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Rafael dos Anjos almost certainly has the edge in this fight due to his explosive striking, excellent wrestling and strong jiu-jitsu. Conor McGregor, however, has shown the ability to get into the heads of his opponents, which might lead dos Anjos to make a mistake, much like Jose Aldo did when he fought Conor McGregor last month.

Who will win? This is a fascinating fight, and kudos to Conor McGregor for wanting the toughest fights possible.


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