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Rafael dos Anjos: 'It would be easy money to beat up' Conor McGregor at lightweight

The UFC 155-pound champion feels, "chicken" Conor McGregor is "not even close to the top five" of the featherweight division and would like to fight him at lightweight.

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It has just been announced that Conor McGregor will face Jose Aldo in a big unification bout on December, but there is another UFC title holder who would love to get his hands on the trash-talking Irishman. Rafael dos Anjos, whom McGregor promised to "come and get" and "take without a problem", likes the idea of a fight at 155 pounds.

"I would love if he comes to lightweight, it would be easy money to beat that guy up," dos Anjos told MMA Fighting. "I'd be happy if he comes to lightweight, to welcome him to the division, even in Ireland. It's hard to say how the fight would be, but it would be aggressive, heavy hands, and he wouldn't handle it."

McGregor was originally scheduled to face featherweight champion Jose Aldo July 11 at UFC 189. However, Aldo pulled out with an injured rib and was replaced by Chad Mendes, who fell to McGregor in the second round, after dominating the beginning of the fight.

"I've never seen Chad take a step back, he always moves forward, and he was breathing hard after the first minute," said dos Anjos. "T.J. Dillashaw was sitting right next to me and I asked him how was Chad's cardio when he got the call from the UFC, and he said ‘he's well for three rounds, not five, but he's always in shape'. But he gassed in one minute, and still beat McGregor up in the first and second rounds. But I believe McGregor is not even close to the top 5 of the division."

On December 12, Aldo and McGregor will finally meet, and Dos Anjos believes, the brash Irishman will be in for a long night.

"This guy has no chance. Aldo would destroy him," he said. "If Chad Mendes was in shape, he would have destroyed him. He showed that. He walked right next to me and he's too small, he looked like a chicken. Chad Mendes is strong, but McGregor has no chances. That fight really exposed who he really is. He's that fighter."

Rafael dos Anjos is scheduled to defend his lightweight belt for the first time against Donald Cerrone, on a date yet to be announced.