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Diego Brandao accepts Conor McGregor's challenge: 'Let's make it happen'

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Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Well that didn't take long.

Conor McGregor's fight camp issued a challenge to The Ultimate Fighter *TUF) season 14 winner Diego Brandao on last night's episode of "UFC Tonight," saying they'd like to meet the Brazilian featherweight at UFC 168 for the end of the year show in Las Vegas.

Brandao, never one to turn down a challenge, told MMA Fighting earlier today that he'd be more than happy to oblige Mcgregor's request.

"I'm in the UFC to fight the best. Everybody knows that my dream is to become the UFC champion. I already won The Ultimate Fighter, now I'm going after the title. I always liked challenges, and I believe a fight against McGregor would be a good challenge for me. If he wants to fight me, I also want to fight him. Hey, McGregor, let's make it happen. It would be perfect for UFC 168 in Vegas. I wanna do a great show."

Both Brandao and McGregor were successful in their bouts this past weekend (Aug. 17, 2013) at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston, Massachusetts, winning via unanimous decision. McGregor dominated Max Holloway with a combination of stand-up and takedowns while Brandao beat up Daniel Pineda early before suffering round scare only to recover and win the third round with takedowns.

While there was concern both men were injured with McGregor feeling his knee pop in the second round and Brandao fearing he'd injured his hand, both men's injuries weren't as serious as initially thought and they'll likely be able to go by the end of the year.

Now it's just up to UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby to try and make it official. He's probably relishing the fact that the fighters are making his job a little bit easier.