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13th Feb 2016

VIDEO: Rafael dos Anjos’ head coach reveals gameplan with which they can beat Conor McGregor

Will he drown?

Darragh Murphy

Conor McGregor has passed every UFC test with flying colours thus far, but he’s never been past the third round

This is because ‘The Notorious’ likes to get his business done early.

He lapped up the pressure of his first promotional main event, which came in Dublin

He leapt over the wrestling hurdle by stopping Chad Mendes at UFC 189.

And he didn’t even have to take a leg kick from Jose Aldo at UFC 194 so quickly did he dispose of the former champion.

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But Kings MMA head coach Rafael Cordeiro believes that he has come up with the perfect strategy to derail McGregor’s momentum and give Rafael dos Anjos his second successful lightweight title defence.

“(I predict) that Rafael will do well,” Cordeiro told MMALatest. “He’s going to fight well. He’s excited about this fight.

“We’re going to put McGregor in deep waters.”

In the UFC, McGregor owns the tenth shortest average fight time at 5:35 and dos Anjos’ coach believes that dragging the Irishman into unfamiliar territory, where his cardio can be truly tested, will lead to success on March 5.

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“He’s never fought somebody at the same level as Rafael,” Cordeiro continued. “The fight against Jose Aldo was, unfortunately, a quick fight.

“But we knew the fight, when it would come to the second, third, fourth, fifth (round), that Jose Aldo was going to beat him.

“Unfortunately he got knocked out. But a fight’s a fight and we’re going to do everything to raise Rafael’s arm by the end of the fight, work hard for that.

“We believe that Rafael can beat McGregor in a bad way. We’re going to put him into deep waters and maybe this is going to be the first time that he asks to stop the fight.”