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Rafael dos Anjos will return to lightweight for little balls and red panties

Cutting weight sucks and some fighters are sick and tired of doing it.

That includes former UFC lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos, who recently jumped up to the 170-pound weight class to score wins over the likes of Neil Magny and former champion Robbie Lawler, among others.

Unfortunately for Dos Anjos, he was unable to hang with wrestling powerhouses like Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman, who out-muscled the Brazilian en route to consecutive decision wins, leaving the longtime veteran 3-2 in the welterweight division.

But it will take more than a pair of lopsided losses to chase him back to 155 pounds.

“A super fight with Conor (McGregor) for example, I think it would be worth the drop in weight,” Dos Anjos told the inimitable Helen Yee (via “As things get tougher, he tends to break. If everything goes his way, he’ll grow balls but when things get bad for his side, his balls shrink. I’m not afraid to take any shots, [a fight with Conor] would be better than my last fights where I fought big wrestlers trying to wrestle me and hold me down and stuff like that.”

And no McGregor fight would be complete without a pair of red panties.

Dos Anjos is responsible for changing history. Originally paired off with McGregor at UFC 196, the Brazilian withdrew due to injury, paving the way for Nate Diaz to step in and upset the “Notorious” apple cart by way of second-round submission.

In between that fight and their UFC 202 rematch, Dos Anjos coughed up the title to Eddie Alvarez, who went on to fight (and lose to) McGregor at UFC 205 in late 2016. Now, almost three years later, none of the aforementioned fighters are wearing gold.

I blame this.

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