It takes real commitment and talent to be able to continue to make excuses for a fight that happened nine months ago, but former champ Rafael dos Anjos is one such committed and talented individual.
If you’ll recall, Dos Anjos was a somewhat dominant king ruling the lightweight division with an iron fist. Then he ran into Eddie Alvarez, and got smoked.
Well, apparently he had a bad “bathing” incident the day before the fight. As per MMAFighting:
“I passed out in the bathtub, in the hot tub. I was out for like almost three minutes,” dos Anjos said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “My coaches were about to call 911 and cancel the fight because I was out on my bed, and they put some ice on my chest, and then I woke up and stayed on my bed for one hour.”
In the end, dos Anjos made weight and the fight was official, but he ended up losing by first-round knockout.
“We thought about cancelling the fight but I’m a fighter, I don’t wanna upset the fans,” dos Anjos said. “But thinking back right now, I shouldn’t make that fight because today guys all the time kind of don’t fight because they have weight problems. Khabib (Nurmagomedov), the other day, he didn’t make the fight with (Tony) Ferguson because he had some issues, but it’s fine. That’s past. Now a new division, a new life.”