It’s official.

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will look to capture his second belt against lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in the main event UFC 197 in March. The UFC confirmed the initial reports on Tuesday afternoon.

McGregor (18-2) is coming off a blistering 13-second knockout over former champion and pound-for-pound best Jose Aldo, snapping the Brazilian’s 15 fight win streak while earning the undisputed featherweight title in the process.

Prior to this record setting performance, the man known as “Notorious” earned the interim featherweight title with a second round TKO over Chad Mendes at UFC 189.  The brash talking Irishman has not tasted defeat since 2010 while earning 18 stoppage wins, including 17 by way of knockout.

Dos Anjos (23-7) is coming off his own first round stoppage win in the form of a 66-second TKO over Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 17 in December. Prior to this win, fans saw the Brazilian crowned the lightweight champion with following his 25-minute dismantling of former champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 185.

The Kings MMA product earned his shot at the title with a dominant decision win over Nate Diaz . Prior to this win, the champion walked away with back-to-back knockouts over Jason High and former champion Benson Henderson. He will enter this bout with 12 career stoppage wins, including eight by submission, and a UFC record of 12-5.

Also appearing on the card will be a women’s bantamweight title fight between reigning champion Holly Holm and former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate.

Holm (10-0), also a former boxing world champion who amassed a record of 33-2-3 while holding both the IBA and WBF world titles, was last seen slapping her shin across Rousey’s head early in second round of their UFC 193 title fight, turning the former champion’s lights out. Prior to this loss, the woman known as “Rowdy” had looked unbeatable, while being praised as the most dominant athlete in the world today.

“The Preacher’s Daughter” has  yet to taste defeat since making the switch to mixed martial arts in 2011. Since then she has laid waste to almost every single opponent thrown her way, securing violent knockouts in several different promotions.

Tate (17-5), also a former Strikeforce champion, is currently riding a four fight win streak inside the Octagon. In her most recent bout, “Cupcake” walked away with a dominant decision over Jessica Eye in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 17 in July.

Following this victory, it was widely believed Tate had done enough to warrant a third shot at Rousey, who had defeated Tate by submission in both of their title fights. However the UFC would later announce it would be Holm, not Tate, for Rousey’s next bout.

The entire event will air live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, March 5.

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José began his career as a mixed martial arts journalist while still enrolled at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. Since graduating in May 2013, he has attended dozens of high profile UFC fight cards as a credentialed member of the media, providing live cage side coverage through his articles and videos. His work has appeared on UFC.com, ArizonaSports.com and AZCentral. He is also currently one of the main contributors on Power MMA Show at Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, one of the first all MMA radio shows on a major radio station.