Perhaps the biggest loser from the madness of UFC 196, at least in a financial sense, is someone who didn’t fight at all.
UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos lost his golden ticket to the Conor McGregor show when he dropped out with a broken foot less than two weeks before the event. And after seeing his replacement, Nate Diaz, shatter the illusion of the unbeatable Irishman, dos Anjos’ takeaways are twofold: first, that his big payday is likely gone for good, and second, that he could’ve done far worse things to McGregor had he not gotten injured.
“I’ve been around the game for a long time, 12 years, and I never cancelled any fight due to injury,” dos Anjos said Monday on The MMA Hour. “I always show up, but unfortunately for this fight, I broke my foot, man. A lot of people are making fun of it, and I don’t like to make fun of people’s injuries. I think we are fighters, so everybody is going to get injured one day. So, unfortunately I lost my payday, but I think everything is God’s plan for my life. I believe in that.
“But man, what went through my mind: I fought Nate Diaz already, and I knew, Conor, he’s a good fighter, but I think I can put a worse beating on him, for sure.”
Despite entering UFC 196 on short notice, Diaz pulled off the performance of his life, submitting McGregor with a second-round rear-naked choke to cut short McGregor’s goals of multi-divisional dominance.
McGregor is now expected to drop back down to featherweight, where he remains the reigning UFC champion. The move means a potential superfight against dos Anjos is at least a few wins away, if not outright dead in the water.
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