Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos is still looking to have the long-due fight against Conor McGregor, which was supposed to take place in 2016.
In March 2016, Dos Anjos was supposed to fight Conor McGregor at UFC 196 to defend his lightweight title. But, Anjos took himself out of the bout due to an injury on his broken foot. However, the former cham returned to the octagon in July 2016, but the fight with McGregor never happened.
Further, in 2018 there was a discussion about that bout against Conor McGregor. But that discussion did not come to fruition either.
Now that Dos Anjos is back in the top 10 of the lightweight division, he expressed that the fight with McGregor may see a glimmer of hope. But it all depends on McGregor.
Rafael dos Anjos talked to Ag Fight
“He (McGregor) picks his fights, and one with me will always make sense,” dos Anjos told Ag Fight (via Bloody Elbow). “It was meant to happen once, and it didn’t. Now that the pieces are moving again in the division, I think there’s a big chance of it happening.”
“He has other options, though, like a trilogy with Nate Diaz or Dustin Poirier. He’s ahead of me in the rankings. Our clash is even closer now.”
It’s certainly a fight; fans will love to watch. But for now, McGregor seems eager to have a rematch against Poirier to avenge his recent defeat.
Rafael dos Anjos also discussed the McGregor’s loss to Prior
“Poirier had a good game plan,” Dos Anjos added. “He didn’t go out there to just strike. Right off the bat he took Conor down and that confused him. Conor is an excellent fighter, he has great boxing. He’s very technical, but he can’t make adjustments in the middle of a fight. If the fight doesn’t go down the way he imagined, he gets lost. He doesn’t deal well with getting hit. When he takes a punch, he makes it noticeable right away.”
Then Anjos commented about McGregor, “He’s not in a good moment, but a fight is a fight. Fighters are all about motivation. Let’s see if he can take advantage of his bad moment to get focused, analyze what went wrong and come back strong.”
Since Anjos is eager to fight Conor McGregor, it is assumed that McGregor may show interest in it after his avenge against Dustin Prior.