Conor McGregor UFC 196 title fight off as Rafael dos Anjos reportedly injured
Reports suggest that the UFC 196 main event will no longer take place due to an injury to Rafael dos Anjos.
Reports are emerging this afternoon that Conor McGregor’s UFC 196 main event lightweight title fight against Rafael dos Anjos will no longer take place.
Combate's Ana Hissa broke the news that the Brazilian belt holder sustained a training injury which means he will not be able to participate in the fight scheduled for March 5.
Multiple sources claim that Dos Anjos broke his foot while preparing for the showdown.
This means the lightweight title fight will no longer take place, as McGregor was poised to make UFC history by holding two belts at one time if he overcame Dos Anjos.
MMA journalist Jim Edwards also confirmed the reported news:
Confirmed. Dos Anjos out injured :( #UFC196— Jim Edwards (@MMA_Jim) February 23, 2016
The Notorious’ coach John Kavanagh tweeted his disappointment at the news, while MMAFighting.com journalist Ariel Helwani summed up the frustration that McGregor is likely to be feeling:
:(— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) February 23, 2016
Déjà vu all over again for @TheNotoriousMMA. This would be the fourth time in 8 UFC fights that he’s had to adjust to a change in opponent.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 23, 2016
Amazingly, in his eight UFC fights, the Irish fighter has fought the original scheduled opponent just half the time. The UFC are said to be in the process of sourcing a different fighter to take on McGregor.
Helwani also believes that, even if a new fighter is drafted in, a different fight will not have the same meaning as the proposed bout between the Irish figher and his Brazilian counterpart. The journalist did confirm that one fighter, 'Cowboy' Donald Cerrone, is an option to step into the fight in place of Dos Anjos:
And this situation is uniquely different than UFC 189: McGregor was 12 days away from making history. Impossible to replicate those stakes.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 23, 2016
Spoke to Cerrone’s mgmt team this morning. They are interested in taking the fight. He’s on the shortlist, for sure.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 23, 2016