UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos had to back out of the UFC 196 main event against Conor McGregor, here’s why….
The recent announcement of UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos’ withdrawal from next week’s highly anticipated bout with Conor McGregor sent shockwaves through the mma world. A plethora of options emerged for McGregor, with big names such as Jose Aldo, Donald Cerrone, and Anthony Pettis being thrown into the mix.
The UFC found a high-profile replacement within hours of the news, as Nate Diaz will step in to fight “The Notorious” at welterweight on less than two weeks’ notice. This is a bit of déjà vu for McGregor. Jose Aldo withdrew from the UFC 189 main event against McGregor after suffering a rib injury and was subsequently replaced by Chad Mendes on 11 days’ notice.
A photo of the broken foot was posted on dos Anjos’ twitter account along with the message:
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) February 24, 2016
The injury occurred during a sparring session on Friday at King’s MMA in California. RDA threw a kick that was checked on his training partner’s knee. He immediately stopped kicking and was having trouble putting weight on his foot. After icing the foot over the weekend in hopes to continue training on Monday, he made a visit to see the UFC’s doctors. The results showed a fracture in the 5 metatarsal of his left foot. The injury will not require surgery. Dos Anjos’ manager, Ali Abdelaziz, stated that the injury will keep him sidelined for about six weeks.
A video has emerged of dos Anjos training in preparation for the fight. Judging by the video, it doesn’t seem to be that serious of an injury, tell us what you think.
Rafael is eager to return and fight McGregor to prove that he is the best lightweight fighter on the planet. McGregor hopes to make history and become the first UFC fighter to hold title belts in two different weight classes at the same time. For now, he will have to focus on getting past Diaz.