Turn back the wheel of time just three months and the complexion of mixed martial arts (MMA) was completely different than it is today.
The date was Sept. 4, 2015 and the place was Las Vegas for the Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) "Go Big" press conference to announce their blockbuster fall lineup of cards.
At the time, Ronda Rousey and Chris Weidman were still champions, and brash braggart Conor McGregor was looking a lot like a dog whose bark was louder than his bite.
The Irishman stole the show when he decided to take on not just featherweight champion Jose Aldo, but announced his intention after defeating the Brazilian to head up to the "stuck in the mud division" at 155 pounds and clean that one out as well.
It was during this exchange that McGregor introduced lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and rest of the MMA world to the now famous "red panties night":
Dos Anjos: Right now my focus is on Cerrone so if he wanna move up here it's gonna be easy money.
McGregor: That wasn't the question but ask yourself truthfully, if Dana rang you and said you don't have to fight Cerrone you can fight McGregor even though Cerrone was still [available] would you take it? You're damn right you'd take it.
Dos Anjos: Of course, man, easy money
McGregor: Because I can make you rich. I'll change your bum life. You fight me it's a celebration. When you sign to fight me it's a celebration. You ring back home, you ring your wife, 'baby we done it, we're rich baby! Conor McGregor made us rich! Break out the red panties. We're rich baby.' So don't say you would not take that fight because you would take that fight like everyone else up here would take the fight against me if it was offered regardless of belts or any of that shit. I'm the money fight in the male shit at all weight divisions. So fuck everybody else up here.
Since that time, McGregor has made good on at least half his promise by knocking out Aldo in an embarrassingly short 13 seconds, and is strongly rumored to be fighting dos Anjos at the upcoming UFC 197 pay-per-view event on March 5.
An unconcerned dos Anjos has suggested it would not be a "smart decision" for McGregor to take a fight against him, but has consistently suggested it would be an easy payday for the lightweight veteran.
The news has infuriated top featherweight contender Frankie Edgar, who has been chomping at the bit for a chance to fight the "Notorious" champion, but unfortunately for him UFC president Dana White's eyes seem to have cartoonishly morphed into dollar signs envisioning the super fight.
Some current lightweights aren't exactly happy about the idea of a featherweight leapfrogging them into title contention either. Eddie Alvarez said as much on Friday's (Jan. 8, 2016) live teleconference call for UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz:
"Right now it seems like Conor is able to make his own decisions and there's nobody on this conference call gonna be able to do anything about that. So I can either cry and whine about it or deal with what's in front of me right now. I do think it's convenient that there's one guy left -- the elephant in the room -- Frankie Edgar, and he decides that he wants to do something different besides stay in that weight class and fight the next guy who's entitled to the shot. But good for him."
Nothing is settled yet as UFC hasn't officially announced the UFC 197 fight card. But worry not, fights fans. McGregor is active enough to give a "red panties night" to several fighters in 2016.
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