When, last week, Rafael dos Anjos pulled out of his UFC 196 fight against Conor McGregor with a broken foot he incurred the wrath of much of the fighting world.
With conspiracy theorists, disgruntled fans and even McGregor himself calling into question the legitimacy of the Brazilian's injury, dos Anjos has had to go on something of a PR offensive since the news, and his foot, broke.
Only a few hours after pulling out of the Lightweight title fight, he posted a photo online appearing to show the injury in question. Now, just over 24 hours before his replacement Nick Diaz steps into the Octagon, he has posted new images showing the current state of his foot. It's not pretty.
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If anything, it looks worse than it did a week ago! Although, as dos Anjos mentions in the text accompanying the photo collage, it looks like the recovery process is going to plan.
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Whether this latest attempt to legitimise his injury appeases those fans still angry with the Brazil native backing out the fight remains to be seen, however.
For months, fans had been looking forward to seeing the Brazil native go head-to-head with McGregor this weekend before last week's dramatic events.
Nate Diaz's promotion as McGregor's opponent has created its own buzz, but that won't stop a lot of fans wondering what would have happened had dos Anjos been able to put his Lightweight title on the line at the MGM Grand.
The 31-year-old's own six-week timeframe to be back in training would mean a return to the gym at some time around April 15 - one week before UFC 197.
Of course, considering the apparent severity of his injury, not to mention to the time it will take to return to peak fighting fitness, there is no chance of dos Anjos making the card for that event.
More possible would be a return at UFC 198 on May 14. As it happens, this event is set to take place in Curitiba, Brazil. Obviously, the chance to have dos Anjos make his comeback on home soil would be an intriguing one for the UFC hierarchy.
Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic for the Heavyweight title is currently the main event for the May pay-per-view. The UFC, however, are no strangers to making adjustments to their fight cards.
For that to even be on the cards, dos Anjos' rehabilitation will have to continue trending in the right direction over the next few weeks.
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