Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, yesterday, embarked on what will be a whirlwind promotion for their UFC 196 fight.
Exchanging insults during a typically heated press conference - highlights of which can be seen here - the duo did a fine job of ramping up the tension before they meet at the MGM Grand on March 5.
Hidden behind the bravado and expletives, however, there was an interesting comment from McGregor regarding Rafael dos Anjos, the fighter he was initially slated to face in eight days time.
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Asked whether he could see McGregor vs dos Anjos on the card later in the year, specifically at UFC 200, the Irishman cast doubts over a rescheduled fight.
Per MMAFighting.com's Dave Doyle:
Of course, the Brazilian made headlines earlier this week when he pulled out of the UFC 196 clash with McGregor citing a broken foot.
Many disgruntled UFC fans were quick to claim the apparent injury was nothing more than an excuse, however, and a picture posted to his social media account showing the injury has done little to dissuade his critics.
Promo or reality?
Fighting fans were eagerly anticipating seeing dos Anjos put his lightweight title on the line against the UFC's biggest name. As such, hearing McGregor put into question a future fight between the pair won't help their mood.
McGregor has already stated his ambition to be a dual title holder and may well simply be trying to build the tension with his dismissive comments, but he does seem like the kind of man to hold a grudge.
With the Brazilian needing to do a lot to get back in the good books of UFC fans and his potential opponent, it remains to be seen whether we will see dos Anjos vs McGregor at any point down the line.
UFC fans: Would dos Anjos have beaten McGregor if he hadn't been injured? Have your say in the comments below...
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