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Conor McGregor branded a 'coward' by rival after latest decision

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Following the UFC's announcement earlier this week that Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will have a rematch at UFC 200, it is fair to say the reaction has been mixed.

While a lot of fight fans have reacted positively to the confirmation, many others have criticised both the UFC and McGregor for overlooking what would have been a logical featherweight title defense at the July 2 event.

Rafael dos Anjos, the Brazilian fighter originally slated to fight McGregor at UFC 196 before injury ruled him out and Diaz stepped in, has taken to Twitter to add his voice to the critics - labelling his Irish rival a "coward" in the process.

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Clearly, despite UFC president Dana White insisting that McGregor's next fight after Diaz II will be against either Jose Aldo or Frankie Edgar for the featherweight title, dos Anjos isn't quite so convinced.

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White revealed this week that the winner of the Aldo vs Edgar fight at UFC 200 would be the one to take on McGregor, presumably before the end of the year. 

Pressure

However, with rumours persisting that the Irish fighter will never again drop to the 145-pound weight class, scepticism about that claim will likely remain until a fight is officially announced.

One thing is for sure, if McGregor did avoid defending his belt in his next fight after UFC 200, the pressure on him to forfeit the title would be immense.

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Alongside dos Anjos calling him a coward today, the 27-year-old has already faced calls from within the business to give up the featherweight belt after having failed to defend it since he won it at UFC 194.

Dos Anjos, of course, isn't exactly looking at McGregor's position from a neutral standpoint. 

Feud

Ever since their UFC 196 fight for the Lightweight title was announced, the pair have been involved in a heated feud. That only intensified when the Brazilian was forced to pull out just 10 days before the March 5 pay-per-view. 

Back then, McGregor labelled dos Anjos a 'p***y' and argued the latter's broken foot was no excuse to miss the fight.

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Since then the lightweight champion has been quick to criticise McGregor at every opportunity and, in calling him a coward this week, he has continued that trend.

As for dos Anjos' own future inside the octagon, that remains unclear. He recently posted a photo to his Instagram in which he told fans his rehabilitation was going well. 

At this stage, though, there is no indication as to when he might return to action. If he were able to make it back in time to find a place on the UFC 200 card, that would only add to the intrigue already surrounding what is sure to be an explosive event.

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