Conor McGregor and Rafael dos Anjos stare each other down
Last night, the former UFC lightweight champion claimed he was scheduled to make his return to the Octagon at UFC 224 before his antics at the UFC 223 media day in New York, where he threw a dolly through the window of a bus carrying his fellow fighters.
Moments after McGregor dropped that bombshell, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani claimed the Irishman’s comeback fight was supposed to see him take on dos Anjos, with the winner of the bout being crowned interim welterweight champion.
Dos Anjos was asked about the revelations during the UFC 225 open workout media scrum and claimed the UFC brass never contacted him about a potential fight with ‘The Notorious’.
“Not that I know (of),” the former UFC lightweight champion told the assembled media.
“I heard some rumours that the UFC were trying to do that announcement in New York in the last press conference.
“But the UFC did not contact me directly to talk about this fight.”
In an interview with Helwani, dos Anjos added: “The UFC didn’t contact me to talk about that fight at all.
“Everything that I’ve been hearing is from other people, other sources.”
Dos Anjos, who will face Colby Covington for the interim welterweight crown this weekend at UFC 225, was supposed to fight McGregor in the main event of UFC 196 back in March 2016.
The bout ended up falling through with 11 days to go as dos Anjos suffered a foot injury, which paved the way for Nate Diaz to hand McGregor his first UFC loss.
the UFC did not contact me directly to talk about this fight
Should McGregor still be keen to face him, dos Anjos is more than willing to lock horns with Ireland’s first UFC belt holder.
“But I’ll be there,” the Brazilian said when asked if he’s still interested in fighting the UFC’s poster boy.
“After Saturday, I’ll be there. If the Irish boy wants to try his third belt, I’ll be there too.”
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McGregor, 29, hasn’t set foot inside the Octagon since his momentous UFC 205 victory over Eddie Alvarez, a triumph which saw him become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles simultaneously.
His long-awaited return to the cage hinges on the outcome of his upcoming court case, the result of his rampage in Brooklyn.
The Dubliner will appear in court a week today charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief.