ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

Rafael dos Anjos was never on good terms with Conor McGregor, but following the string of incidents surrounding UFC 196, the two of them seem to really have it out for each other.

Dos Anjos and McGregor were originally slated to fight for the Lightweight title at that event, but dos Anjos severely injured his foot less than two weeks out, and was forced to step down. In lieu of that title fight, McGregor went on to face Nate Diaz at Welterweight, ultimately submitting to the BJJ black belt in the second round.

Despite that loss, McGregor has no immediate plans to return to Featherweight, the division where he currently holds his championship title. Instead, he's booked a rematch with Diaz for UFC 200.

Dos Anjos appeared on the most recent edition of Inside MMA, and was asked about this entire situation. Needless to say, he has no kind words for Conor McGregor.

"I think on the same card to do an interim belt between Aldo and Edgar doesn’t make any sense," dos Anjos said. "Not just for me but for nobody. And the champion is not injured."

That's a bold accusation, but perhaps not entirely unfounded. McGregor has expressed no interest in defending his title since winning it in December of 2015.

Instead, he seemed much more keen on moving up in weight classes, setting up the aforementioned 155 lbs title fight, and even teasing a potential run at the 170 lbs title.

Then again, perhaps dos Anjos is just feeling a bit left out. After all, he campaigned for a spot on the UFC 200 card, but was reportedly turned down. No match-ups are currently on the books for the Lightweight champ, leaving his immediate future in the sport a bit of a mystery.


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