There are more than a few reasons as to why Conor McGregor is currently the betting underdog for his upcoming super fight with Rafael Dos Anjos.
Currently possessing the Featherweight throne through an emphatic thirteen-second demolition of José Aldo, the Irishman will look to make history by becoming the first ever UFC fighter to hold two championships simultaneously when he takes on the feared Lightweight king in March.
It will mark the first time which The Notorious One competes at 155 lbs, searching to replicate his two-weight world championship reign in his previous promotion, Cage Warriors. The bookies have already established this, however: it will be no easy battle for McGregor to rewrite the history books.
Having undergone a career renaissance as of late, Rafael Dos Anjos blasted through the Lightweight division after suffering a loss to Sambo specialist Khabib Nurmagomedov. Since then, he has dispatched the likes of Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz before getting a crack at the coveted gold.
A dominant five-round swarming of Anthony Pettis marked the pinnacle of Dos Anjos' revamped career, but things would only get better from there on in. Just a week removed from seeing his fellow compatriot Aldo's ten year undefeated streak come crashing to an end, the Brazilian smashed Donald Cerrone in 66 seconds, sending out a warning to McGregor.
Styles make fights - you will struggle to find a more accurate rhetoric in the whole sport. These two clashing of styles should make for an intriguing and perhaps sensational (dependant on how long it lasts) super fight.
But it could be the very style of Rafael Dos Anjos which brings an end to McGregor's dreams to hold two titles at the same time. While a loss won't be the end for McGregor, it remains a huge risk, meaning the Irishman could be going back down to Featherweight with his Lightweight hopes in tatters.
Then again, the aspect of mental warfare is yet to begin. A press conference follows a week after the official fight announcement, which is where the fun should start for McGregor as he looks to rile up Dos Anjos. If he gets into his head the same as he did Aldo's, we could be looking at a two-weight world champion almost certainly.
He partially answered it back at UFC 189 in July, but McGregor could be poised to answer the "wrestler question" yet again at March's pay-per-view. Dos Anjos' ability to push the pace with effective striking and mixing that with takedowns could be a nightmare for the Featherweight Champion.
Time will tell how other factors play into it, but Rafael Dos Anjos will not go down without a fight, in fact he may not go down at all. He may just make McGregor's decision to go for the Lightweight crown a very bad one.