If you figured Rafael dos Anjos – Conor McGregor will get rebooked, provided the latter’s victorious at UFC 196, well, it may not be that simple.
As you know, RDA will no longer defend the lightweight title against McGregor on March 5th, due to a broken foot. Now Nate Diaz will face McGregor in a welterweight scrap.
Considering McGregor has talked about moving to 155 for quite some time, and because the UFC granted him a title shot–although he’s yet to compete in the UFC’s 155 division–one would think he still wants dos Anjos right? Well, during yesterday’s press conference, here’s some of what McGregor had to say about RDA (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“It’s hard to commit to dos Anjos again,” McGregor said. “The same with Jose (Aldo). He pulled, and it took him two (attempts) to build up the courage.
“Hopefully, maybe, it would take dos Anjos two (attempts) to build up the courage. But when you pull out with an injury like that, a bruise on the foot, there’s not much I can do to help you to bring you back into the mix. So it does change things a little bit, but we have to see how that one plays out.”
Yes we will. Now first off, McGregor could just be really upset about what’s transpired and perhaps he’ll see things differently in a week or two. Although McGregor claimed at the presser that he cares more about big checks than belts, it certainly has seemed like he wants to add the 155 title to his resume. So, unless he plans to not fight at 155 at all moving forward, one would think a bout with RDA will get tabled again.
Then there’s the matter of RDA withdrawing. While McGregor is using the opportunity to bash dos Anjos, and he could very well believe the champ should have fought, what’s gone down shouldn’t be surprising. Should RDA face McGregor with his movement possibly compromised? With limitations on his kicking arsenal and takedowns? I don’t want to see that.
UFC 196 will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.