Conor McGregor’s Latest Instagram Post Reveals That He Was Booked To Fight For a Third Title Against Rafael Dos Anjos in May…
Conor McGregor is a happy man right now. He’s at home in Dublin with his feet up on the couch, counting his millions of dollars. The Irishman has risen to number 4 in the Forbes Rich List for athletes, behind Floyd Mayweather, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo respectively.
This is despite not having fought in the Octagon since November 2016, when he beat Eddie Alvarez to take the lightweight title. After carrying the belt for 20 months, the Irishman was finally stripped, when Al Iaquinta was beaten by Khabib Nurmagamedov.
Since then there has been speculation over who would be McGregor’s next opponent – if he ever returned at all. Khabib Nurmagamedov and Nate Diaz are the two most obvious names mentioned. But now it has been revealed – by McGregor himself – that he was meant to fight Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 224 on May 12, in Rio de Janeiro.
In what is sensational news, McGregor basically confirmed speculation linking him to an interim welterweight title fight against Rafael Dos Anjos. This would have taken place in Rio de Janeiro. If you’ll remember, before he went crazy and threw a dolly at a bus, there was meant to be an announcement regarding McGregor’s future. The Irishman said:
“Made it to Number 4 on the Forbes Rich List this year. If I had of fought on the agreed May 12th bout in Rio De Janeiro, I would have surpassed Ronaldo and Messi to take 2nd Place. Something came up however… ah well, still under 30.”
If McGregor had fought and beaten Dos Anjos, he would have become the UFC’s first triple champion. Yes, an interim champion isn’t a real champion, but tell that to the UFC Directors who must have been rubbing their hands together like Mr. Burns from the Simpsons.
In this post, McGregor confirms my report from last month that the plan, before Brooklyn, was to have him fight in Rio at 224. (Not mentioned, but the plan, as reported, was RDA for the interim title.) https://t.co/0pl9XhxLFn
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 6, 2018
This would have been the second time that McGregor was booked to fight Dos Anjos. The first time around, the Brazilian was forced to pull out ahead of UFC 198. Nate Diaz was drafted in as a last-minute replacement and would go on to sensationally inflict McGregor’s only UFC defeat to this date.
Instead, Dos Anjos will fight Colby Covington in Chicago, this coming Saturday, at UFC 225 for the same interim title. Covington is similar to McGregor in that he runs his mouth a lot, but different in the respect that nobody likes him. Ariel Helwani confirmed the rumors, tweeting:
“In this post, McGregor confirms my report from last month that the plan, before Brooklyn, was to have him fight in Rio at 224. (Not mentioned, but the plan, as reported, was RDA for the interim title.)”
Conor McGregor faces trial on June 8 in New York. He faces charges of criminal assault and battery and could be sentenced to ten years in prison. Or he could just walk away free because he’s Conor McGregor and can afford the best lawyers in the world.
It’s amazing how even though he hasn’t fought in almost a year, and may never fight again, McGregor is still capable of causing havoc. This news will interest all his fans and it will be fascinating to see if a similar fight is booked in the future.