A fight that was supposed to happen but did not. Former UFC lightweight champion, Rafael Dos Anjos was originally scheduled to defend his belt against McGregor put pulled out due to an injury. It was supposedly Dos Anjos’s big payday, instead McGregor went on to lose against Diaz and Dos Anjos lost to Eddie Alvarez.
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) April 13, 2021
We all know how game RDA is in fighting tough match ups. He has fought the best at lightweights and welterweights. Fighters who are or were champions like Usman, Khabib, Ferguson and even Covington, he never shies away from a difficult fight. He of all people deserve to get a McGregor payday.
Dos Anjos is also the #7 Ranked lightweight coming off a win and McGregor is currently ranked #6, so it is still a fight that make sense if we based in the rankings. It will be a great fight for McGregor as well, since he can prove to everyone that he still a potential title contender if he beats RDA.
It is a fight that makes more sense compared to Lee’s callout and it will be fireworks stylistically. It is worth noting that RDA also had a great leg kick game against Diaz where he neutralized Diaz’s mobility. No once can blame RDA for calling out McGregor, who would not want to fight McGregor for the so called “Red Panty Night”.
Even though McGregor announced that the fight is off, there is still no official statement from the UFC whether the fight is truly cancelled or not. It may just be a marketing tactic to sell the fight more. Do you think McGregor and Poirier are just selling the fight or is it really bad blood boiling against each other?