Rafael dos Anjos was originally slated to defend his lightweight title against Conor McGregor at UFC 196. A broken foot forced the Brazilian’s withdrawal and Nate Diaz stepped in on 11 days notice. Diaz shocked the world, finishing McGregor with a 2nd round rear naked choke.
Dos Anjos had plenty of verbal exchanges with Mystic Mac during the build up to UFC 196. Immediately after the fight was booked, McGregor called dos Anjos a “traitor” to Brazilian people and vowed to behead him in the name of Brazil. Dos Anjos initially shrugged off those comments, but later responded by calling McGregor “classless” and a “low-life.”
The UFC Lightweight Champ isn’t finished trashing McGregor, he had the following to say on Twitter:
The fight between these two was planned but after McGregor’s loss, it may never happen. The animosity was fueled by McGregor, who did the lion’s share of talking. Dos Anjos may also feel slighted by the UFC’s decision to ignore his request of fighting Diaz at UFC 200. Instead, the McGregor-Diaz rematch was booked, leaving RDA without an opponent.
Dos Anjos’ recovery should allow him to return as soon as the July 9th UFC 200 event. His next fight is expected to be announced shortly, with rumors of a match up with number 1 contender Eddie Alvarez. Alvarez, a former Bellator Lightweight Champion, last defeated Anthony “Showtime” Pettis via split decision in January.