In typical fashion, Conor McGregor took shots at Rafael dos Anjos for pulling out of the fight during the UFC 196 pre-fight conference. He also took shots at potential fight replacements Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo for not stepping up when asked to fight McGregor.
"There were many options, but in reality, many people pretended to want this fight until the fight actually presented itself."
First up, Frankie...
"Frankie didn't want to shut up, but then when he was given a phone call and a date, then he hasn't been seen or heard since."
"Jose also! Jose was in camp, apparently preparing in case Dos Anjos pulls out, then all of a sudden Dos Anjos pulls out with his bruised foot, and Jose is not fit!"
Of course, the outspoken title holder didn't stop there...
"They always pull. They always run. They always make out like they want it, but really they don't want it. I was expecting it."
Aldo has been on record saying that he would fight McGregor any time, any place... that was, until Dos Anjos pulled out of the fight with McGregor due to an injured foot. A fact that Dos Anjos felt the need to provide proof of via Twitter:
To which McGregor replied:
"I looked at the picture that Dos Anjos put up and it's a bruise. I heard ice works wonders. Dos Anjos has a bruise on his foot. Did you see it? It's a bruise! Ice. Ibuprofen. If I jumped under an X-ray, the doctor would slap me and say, 'What are you doing kid? Get out of here, stop this.'"
Edgar was unable to step in due to a reported groin injury.
"They all have sore vaginas lately, it's crazy. There's something going on, I don't know. Dos Anjos broke his foot and his vagina in the same damn day. Same with Edgar. I couldn't believe the odds of that to happen."
In a rare compliment (?) from McGregor, the champ applauded Nate Diaz for stepping up to the plate:
"Everyone wanted it, then everyone didn't want it. At least Nate was engaging in the conversation, everyone else flat out went running. Instantly he became the front runner."
McGregor was then asked if he would consider Dos Anjos at UFC 200:
"It's hard to commit to Dos Anjos again. The same with Jose, he pulled. It took him two gos to build up the courage. Hopefully maybe it could take Dos Anjos two gos to build up the courage. But when you pull out with an injury like that, a bruise on the foot, there's not much I can do to help you, to bring you back into the mix. It does change a little bit."
You can watch the full press conference here: