Watching Nate Diaz submit Conor McGregor was a bittersweet moment for Rafael dos Anjos. On the one hand, it was an outcome the Brazilian said he saw coming, but on the other, he would have been forgiven for thinking “it should have been me.”
Instead dos Anjos was forced to pull out of the biggest fight of his career with an injury, clearing the way for Diaz to hand McGregor his maiden UFC loss. It was particularly frustrating for the Brazilian, who does not have a track record of withdrawing from fights.
“I have 32 fights and had never before pulled out of any fight due to injury. It was really disappointing, as I went from a full fight camp training 100 miles an hour to sitting at home watching fights. That was really hard for me.”
The official UFC website would subsequently describe the injury as a “sore foot,” but according to dos Anjos, it was much more serious than that.
“I broke my fifth metatarsal 12 days before the fight, during my last sparring session. I kicked someone’s knee and broke it.”
Had McGregor beaten Diaz, a fight between him and dos Anjos would have probably materialized. However, a second-round submission loss is not the stuff that immediate title shots are made of. The reigning lightweight champion said the Irishman’s defeat did not come as a huge surprise.
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“I wasn’t surprised. I thought it could be a little different, as Diaz didn’t have a fight camp, but I knew Diaz is tough, he can take a lot of damage, and he’s really durable. McGregor is a one round fighter; he doesn’t last ….View full article