UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor‘s plan to “keep going until all the belts are wrapped up” has received a major setback, as lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos has reportedly had to pull out of their UFC 196 headlining bout. The fight, a battle for dos Anjos’ belt, had been scheduled for March 5 in Las Vegas.
According to multiple reports, including Brazilian outlet Globo, dos Anjos broke his foot in training late last week. He attempted to wait out the injury over the weekend, but according to MMAFighting.com, his representatives on Monday made the call to pull him from the fight.
If successful in the fight, McGregor would have become the first UFC champion to hold belts concurrently in two different weight classes. BJ Penn and Randy Couture each won titles in two different weight classes, but neither held both belts simultaneously.
It’s a major setback for McGregor’s ever increasing goals in the UFC. After landing the fight with dos Anjos, the Irishman started aiming higher, saying that after he took the lightweight belt, he was considering going up to welterweight at UFC 200 to take the 170-pound title as well.
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As of the time of publication, the UFC did not have a comment on the situation. However, MMAWeekly.com sources indicated that several fighters have offered to face McGregor on short notice and keep him on the UFC 196 card. Some of the more interesting names being considered include Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson, and Nate Diaz.
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