Conor McGregor has to wait to become a two-weight class world champion as top lightweight Rafael dos Anjos injured himself while training.
Current lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos recently suffered a broken foot while training and will miss his bout with Conor McGregor at UFC 19 set to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 5, 2016.
Dana White, UFC president stated that despite dos Anjos’ injury, McGregor will remain in the main event and his possible opponents are being looked at. The women’s bantamweight title match between Holly Holm and Miesha Tate will co-main event the pay-per-view.
“He threw a kick and the guy he was sparring with checked the kick. It hurt a little, but he continued to spar. After that, it began swelling badly and I called UFC.” Ali Abdelaziz, dos Anjos’ manager said, as reported by Yahoo Sports.
According to reports, Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo were given the offer of facing McGregor but both turned it down. Edgar cited an injury while ex-featherweight champion Jose Aldo did not cite any reason for his refusal to face McGregor.
It has to be noted that McGregor defeated Aldo in December 2015 at UFC 194 within 13 seconds to win the featherweight championship.
Edgar and Khabib Nurmagomedov, the two other fighters who Abdelziz manages were offered as a replacement to dos Anjos. However, Edgar won’t be available since he is injured and Nurmagomedov is currently scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson in April.
The UFC has declined the offer according to Abdelaziz. White however is furious regarding this.
“Ali is full of s***. What are we going to do, Khabib hasn’t fought in two years and we’re going to bring him in to save the show? Besides, Khabib has a fight and we gave that to Fox.” White said.
Donald Cerrone and ex-lightweight champion Anthony Pettis have publicly campaigned to declare their interest of facing McGregor in the Octagon. It is now upon UFC to decide who they will see fit for the task.
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