Punching Above His Weight: UFC 197 is set to be a big fight night, as current featherweight champion Conor McGregor is set to jump up a weight class in a bout against current lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos, UFC announced. If McGregor were to defeat dos Anjos, he would be the first fighter to simultaneously hold titles in two weight classes. Oddsmakers don’t like his chances, as the smaller Irishman faces a disadvantage in size, power, and experience when facing off against dos Anjos—but that hasn’t stopped McGregor from vowing to “behead” dos Anjos, who McGregor called a “traitor” because he trains in the U.S. but is from Brazil.
OFFICIAL FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT: Conor McGregor Vs Rafael Dos Anjos for the UFC Lightweight World Championship. March 5th. MGM Grand, Las Vegas. LIVE ON PPV. This McGregor Inc. executive business decision is brought to you by the King himself in association with EA Sports. 'McGregor is the Game.' Mr. McGregor would like to thank the fans and the media for their patience in this decision. Mr. McGregor was still busy counting the take from his last fight. He has chosen to dedicate this demolition job to the loyal people of Brazil and all the fans around the globe who stay true to their roots and loyal to their land. Mr. McGregor has said that Rafael is a traitor to his people and vows to "behead the 'American Gringo' Rafael Dos Anjos, in the name of La Brasilia!" Viva la Brasil! See you all in Las Vegas, March 5th!!! The King returns!
Also on the Card: Holly Holm returns to the octagon to defend her new title against Meisha Tate, who will look to avoid Ronda Rousey’s mistakes in taking on the taller, rangier boxer. [MMA Junkie]
Heading to Hollywood: The St. Louis Rams are set to move back to Los Angeles, and the San Diego Chargers have the option to join them, the NFL announced Tuesday. [ESPN]
Holm-Rousey Delayed: The highly anticipated rematch (and de facto championship contest, at least for now) between Rousey and Holm will be further delayed after Rousey asked for more time off to work around her filming schedule for the Roadhouse remake, UFC boss Dana White said. Rousey’s delay then opened up more time for Holm to fight Tate, White explained. [Yahoo! Sports]
“Graphic Nudity”: The upcoming Deadpool movie starring Ryan Reynolds has officially recieved an “R” rating from the MPAA, a first for Marvel, due to “strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity.” [ComicBookMovie]
“Game of Catch?”: Football is a risky game, but apparently few elements of it are riskier than attempting to play catch with Tom Brady. Patriots receivers like Donte Stallworth and Tony Gonzalez—no slouches, by the way—were stunned by their QB’s intensity and attention to detail during a short-range toss. [The Wall Street Journal]
Blue Steel Returns: Two new TV spots for the upcoming Zoolander 2 just dropped. Look, we’re watching for Penelope Cruz, but if ya’ll want to watch Justin Beiber act out his selfie-related death throes, that’s cool too.
Slappers Only: Remember “Facility” from GoldenEye on Nintendo 64? This is what it looks like when painstakingly rendered in the modern Unreal Engine: