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Rafael dos Anjos: Conor McGregor coming to lightweight 'will not be a smart decision for him'

Esther Lin, Sportsfile

ORLANDO – It took Rafael dos Anjos just 66 seconds to put away Donald Cerrone, and just five minutes to tell UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor to come get some.

With the talk of McGregor moving up to 155 pounds for an immediate title shot against the winner of Saturday night's main event at UFC on FOX 17, Dos Anjos made it clear he would be waiting for the Irishman. After defeating longtime champion Jose Aldo in 13 seconds last weekend at UFC 194, McGregor made it clear he wanted to hold dual titles at 145 and 155.

Dos Anjos, who hurt Cerrone early with a knee to the body and finished him after punishing him with punches, welcomes the challenge.

He told Joe Rogan as much in the cage in his post-fight interview after defending his title against Cerrone. And in the post-fight press conference, Dos Anjos said if the partition comes down for it to happen, he'd be more than happy to accommodate McGregor.

"Yeah, we are not even in the same division," Dos Anjos said. "He's a featherweight, and I'm a lightweight. But, he's saying he wants to come to the lightweight division, if he comes I will be here."

McGregor isn't 100 percent sure what his next move will be, especially with featherweight contender Frankie Edgar primed and ready for his shot. Timetables would have to mesh, which they might since both McGregor and Dos Anjos fought just a week apart.

Asked when he'd like to get back in there, Dos Anjos said he would like it to be soon.

"Yeah, since I won the fight against Pettis [at UFC 185], I had my MCL injury and it took me maybe four months to get better," he said. "And finally here I am defending my belt, and I didn't have any injuries. I'm looking forward to coming back as soon as possible. Conor McGregor has said he wants to come to my division, and I think it will not be a smart decision for him. But if he wants to come I have to overcome him."

As for his quick handling of Cerrone, who was riding an eight-fight winning streak coming in, the 31-year old Dos Anjos said it was all about capitalizing on what "Cowboy" gave him.

"Yeah, we knew that I had 25 minutes to win the fight," he said. "But on my way to the Octagon I talked to my coaches, and they said you have 25 minutes to win the fight, but don't miss an opportunity. If you feel you can connect some hands or some other things, take advantage of it. I think when I threw a body knee on him it was the beginning of the end."