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Maybe Rafael dos Anjos never really had a chance to land a fight with Conor McGregor, but it's a good bet Saturday night's performance didn't help his cause.

Dos Anjos' first-round knockout of Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC on Fox 17 was certainly eye-opening. It may turn out to be the defining victory of his lightweight title reign and firmly establish him as a worthy kingpin for MMA's most competitive division.

But it also made Dos Anjos (25-7 overall, 14-5 UFC) look like perhaps the toughest fight on the board for McGregor. As the man who also offers the lowest possible return, the math probably won't add up for him.

With McGregor's superstar status now well entrenched, the new featherweight champion will be on the prowl for big names and big money when he selects his next fight.

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Donald Cerrone needs no introduction to MMA fans, but if things go right for him this weekend, he’ll no doubt soon acquaint himself with a much larger audience.

There’s no way to overstate the scope of Cerrone’s opportunity on Saturday when he rematches Rafael Dos Anjos for the lightweight title at UFC on Fox 17. Not only could he win the first major championship of his career, but after nearly five years and 18 fights in the Octagon, Cerrone might also finally get his chance to break big.

I mean, really, really big.

The finer points are still being worked out, but early indications are that the winner of Dos Anjos vs. Cerrone could be next up for fledgling featherweight champ and budding superstar Conor McGregor. He is calling his own shots these days, and his top priorities include jumping up in weight to attempt to become the first fighter to simultaneously hold two UFC titles in two separate weight classes.

It’s unknown if the fight company would allow him to do that without stripping him of the 145-pound belt, but UFC President Dana White has already confirmed he’ll book the Irishman an immediate title shot if he hops up to 155 pounds.

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Let’s talk for a moment about the word deserve.

The MMA industry is typically a fairly pragmatic place—one where the Oscar-winning sentiment of retired Wild West gunslinger Bill Munny rings eternally true. But let’s pause long enough from our coldblooded talk of pay-per-view buyrates and contract negotiations to make one slightly more human point.

UFC mixed martial artist Jose Aldo deserves better than this.

He deserves better, but he’s not going to get it.

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Conor McGregor writes his own ticket.

On the heels of his stunning 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo Saturday at UFC 194, that appears true both inside the Octagon and in life. For the foreseeable future, the 27-year-old Irishman will enjoy the rarest of political capital in combat sports as the promotional juggernaut who is also just as good as he claims to be.

After watching McGregor unceremoniously dethrone the greatest featherweight of all time with nothing more than a flick of his powerful left hand over the weekend, the most obvious—and most interesting—question becomes: What’s next?

Short answer: Whatever he wants.

Longer answer: No matter what he decides, it’s going to be complicated.

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Frankie Edgar sure knows how to fill out a job application.

For Edgar, the mission Friday at The Ultimate Fighter Season 22 Finale wasn’t merely to beat Chad Mendes, but to do it impressively enough to assert his position as the next No. 1 contender in the featherweight division.

In the wake of a first-round knockout that was better than even Edgar’s staunchest supports could have reasonably imagined? Mission accomplished—at least for the few fleeting hours between the TUF 22 Finale and the 145-pound title bout headlining Saturday night’s UFC 194 pay-per-view.

"Frankie really, really solidified himself tonight as the guy," UFC President Dana White said at the post-fight press conference, according to MMAJunkie.com's Mike Bohn. “Nobody can deny Frankie anymore. He looked amazing tonight, and he’ll get whatever he wants.”

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Before things get any crazier, pause for a moment to consider what Conor McGregor has already accomplished.

As McGregor takes the cage on Saturday to fight Jose Aldo for the featherweight title at UFC 194, it’s worth remembering that seven years ago he was working as a plumber, changing pipes and unclogging toilets at home in Dublin.

The rise, you might say, has been meteoric. Two-and-a-half years and six fights into his UFC career, he stands on the brink of history.

McGregor will find himself across the cage from the greatest 145-pound MMA fighter of all time this weekend with the chance to validate the self-promotional house of cards he’s built himself since arriving on the big stage.

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Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold aren’t going to win any popularity contests.

Despite being among the very best of the UFC’s new generation of fighters, neither Weidman nor Rockhold has had much luck capturing the hearts and minds of MMA fans so far.

Evidence of this was everywhere in the lead-up to UFC 194, but nowhere more noticeable than the fact that on Saturday, their middleweight title fight will play a supporting role to Jose Aldo’s featherweight grudge match with Conor McGregor—not the other way around.

History dictates that when two championship fights appear on the same card, the heavier weight class takes top billing. This time, the UFC had no choice but to let Aldo and McGregor hog the marquee. Their beef and the bout to settle it promise to be a spectacle for the ages.

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The embarrassment of riches that is the UFC 194 fight week only truly reveals itself when you consider Friday night’s main event between Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes.

A marquee attraction any other week of the year, Edgar vs. Mendes has the potential to be one of the best fights of 2015 at any weight class when it goes down at The Ultimate Fighter season 22 live finale. Yet this week, it barely registers.

So all consuming is the prospect of seeing Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor finally settle their rivalry Saturday on pay-per-view, nearly everything else happening during the UFC’s three-night tripleheader is being relegated to second-fiddle status.

Or in the case of Edgar and Mendes, third or fourth fiddle—behind a middleweight title fight and a potential 185-pound title eliminator we’ve also been waiting on for months.

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Ronda Rousey said Holly Holm wouldn’t want her life.

It was never easy being Rousey. The UFC’s brightest star lived in the constant glare of the spotlight. Leading up to her fight against Holm, she implied the low-key former women’s boxing champion wouldn’t thrive under the pressure, the press obligations or the litany of distractions.

"The life of a champion, I think isn't for everybody," Rousey said, via MMA Fighting's Marc Raimondi. "I think this kind of environment isn't what Holly would like. I hope that she takes the money that she gets for losing and has a great life that she would like a lot more than this one."

Maybe Rousey’s concern was misplaced.

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If you are looking for one final clue about who most people—including the promoters—think will win Saturday's UFC 193 main event, look no further than the fight card's official tagline: The Rousey Revolution Continues.

Yeah. So. Uh...that bit of marketing doesn't appear to even consider the possibility that Holly Holm might pull an upset over Ronda Rousey in Australia this weekend, does it?

With good reason, obviously. We have yet to see another woman bantamweight who looks like she even belongs in the same cage as Rousey. Holm comes in undefeated and possessing fearsome striking skills, but isn't expected to be able to hang around long if the champion can get this fight to the mat.

So the questions we ask ourselves about Rousey no longer concern whether it's possible she'll lose her 135-pound title this week, but if she'll lose her title, like, ever. Luckily for you, Bleacher Report MMA Lead Writer Chad Dundas and Senior Columnist Mike Chiappetta are here to separate the Rousey Facts from the Rousey Fictions.