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UFC 197: McGregor vs RDA, Holm vs Tate

<p>UFC 197 is the biggest card of 2016 so far and will feature two high-profile title fights.</p> <p>UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos will defend his belt against current featherweight champion Conor McGregor in a highly anticipated superfight. On the same card, UFC women&rsquo;s bantamweight champion Holly Holm will make her first title defense against #2 ranked contender Miesha Tate.</p> <p>The UFC has not officially confirmed either fight. The first report to come out on the Dos Anjos/McGregor matchup was from <a href="http://www.lance.com.br/lutas/dos-anjos-mcgregor-vao-enfrentar-pelo-cinturao-dos-leves.html">a Brazilian media outlet called Lance</a>.The first news of Holm&rsquo;s title defense against Miesha Tate was broken by <a href="http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2605357-conor-mcgregor-vs-rafael-dos-anjos-holm-vs-tate-booked-for-ufc-197">Jeremy Botter of Bleacher Report</a>. <a href="http://www.mmafighting.com/2015/12/29/10684682/ufc-cancels-event-in-rio-de-janeiro-due-to-economic-crisis">UFC 197 was originally scheduled</a> to take place in Rio de Janeiro, with rumors emerging that the event would be moved to another location.</p> <p>Rafael Dos Anjos (25-7) is coming off of his first successful title defense, <a href="http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2015/12/19/10628424/ufc-on-fox-highlights-rafael-dos-anjos-knocks-out-donald-cerrone-mma-videos">a TKO victory over Donald Cerrone that lasted only 66 seconds</a>. Dos Anjos shocked the world last March at UFC 185 where he dominated then-champ Anthony Pettis over the course of 5 rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory to win the lightweight title.</p> <p>Conor McGregor (19-2) won the featherweight belt in December when he <a href="http://www.foxsports.com/ufc/story/ufc-conor-mcgregor-destroys-jose-aldo-by-first-round-knockout-121315">knocked out Jose Aldo in a record-breaking 13 seconds</a>. McGregor was signed by the UFC in 2013 where he won 7 straight fights with 6 of them coming by way of knockout. After his latest victory, &lsquo;The Notorious&rsquo; expressed his desire to move up a weight class to become a two-division world champion. There was a lot of speculation as to who McGregor&rsquo;s next opponent would be due to the variety of plausible options available including a rematch with Aldo, a title defense against Frankie Edgar, or even a bout with Nate Diaz. With no obvious #1 contender at lightweight, a shot at the title seems to make the most sense.</p> <p>Holly Holm (10-0) last fought in November when she made history by <a href="http://www.mmafighting.com/2015/11/14/9716974/ufc-193-results-rousey-vs-holm">knocking out Ronda Rousey, despite being a massive underdog</a>. The former world champion boxer won her first two fights in the UFC in non-spectacular fashion, giving the impression to many fans that she was not a threat to Rousey. <a href="http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2015/11/20/9768974/ufc-193-news-coach-holly-holm-held-back-in-previous-fights-ronda-rousey">Holm&#39;s camp said</a> that she intentionally &#39;held back&#39; in her first fights.&nbsp;Following Holm&rsquo;s shocking&nbsp;victory, Dana White had originally planned to give Rousey an immediate rematch at UFC 200 in July <a href="http://roughcopy.com/news/holly-holm-fight-before-rousey-rematch">but changed his decision</a>.</p> <p>Miesha Tate (17-5), who is currently riding a 4-fight win streak, was promised a third crack at Rousey&nbsp;after her <a href="http://www.mmafighting.com/fight/4961/jessica-eye-vs-miesha-tate">unanimous decision victory over Jessica Eye in July</a>. The former Strikeforce women&rsquo;s bantamweight champion had already lost to Rousey twice but was dissapointed when news broke that Holly Holm would be awarded a title shot at UFC 193 instead. After Holm&rsquo;s victory over Rousey, news of an immediate rematch left Tate hopeless for getting a chance at UFC gold in the near future. Plans changed, however, and Holm will defend her title against Miesha Tate.</p> <p>UFC 197 will take place on March 5 in Las Vegas.</p>


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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