Conor McGregor may have already made history by now, rather than having to wait until November 12 when he challenges Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight championship.
He’s trying to become the first fighter to simultaneously hold two titles in two different weight divisions, and he had the chance to do it earlier this year at UFC 196, only for then-champion Rafael dos Anjos to withdraw from the fight due to a bruising on his foot.
CHANGE OF PLANS
It’s funny how things work out, though.
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McGregor went on to submit to Nate Diaz in the second round which came as a shock to many, before picking up a decision win over Diaz in their rematch at UFC 202.
The plan is still the same for the Irishman, to go out and make history and he wants to see himself with two championships before vacating one title, even though it’s now against a different opponent.
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However, according to Yahoo Sports, dos Anjos has revealed that he has very little interest in fighting McGregor, and only wants his title back.
Now, he has to sit back and watch Alvarez defend the title, making it his first defence since stopping dos Anjos in the first round at UFC Fight Night 90.
NO INTEREST IN NOTORIOUS
Dos Anjos has also claimed that if Notorious does happen to be the champion at the time, he hopes he won’t hide it like he’s doing with the featherweight championship, a title he’s yet to defend since knocking out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds last year,
He said: “I wasn’t disappointed just because of the pay day, I got disappointed because I didn’t fight due to injury. That was the first time this happen in my career.
“Fighting McGregor is not my goal; my goal is to get my belt back. If he has the title and don’t want to hide it like he’s doing with the 145-pound title, I’ll be ready to take it back.”
The Brazilian is currently preparing to face Tony Ferguson 5 November, and a win could put him back in line for a shot at the lightweight championship, while Khabib Nurmagomedov also aims to finally get a crack at the gold, if he can overcome Michael Johnson on Conor McGregor’s undercard inside of Madison Square Garden.
We’ve already seen brilliant jibes from dos Anjos and McGregor in the build-up to their fight that never happened, and it comes as no surprise that dos Anjos probably doesn’t want to go through all of that again.
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