Dana White surely looked like he was in panic mode to look for a fighter to replace Rafael dos Anjos after he cancelled his fight against Conor McGregor for UFC 196.
Among those who confirmed that Dana White made the call was Urijah Faber.
“Dana called me and offered me the fight,” Faber said. “He said I was who he is pushing for. I accepted [but] Conor ended up wanting Diaz. I was ready. Lean at 158 [pounds].”
But more so, Faber was surprised that Conor McGregor called up the shots and selected Nate Diaz instead.
This much as well confirms the claim of Frankie Edgar, who claims that he was also called up to fight McGregor, that Conor is calling up the shots in the UFC — calling it Ultimate Fighting ‘Conor’.
It was also reported that Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, Jose Aldo and former UFC champion, Anthony ‘Joe’ Pettis were also called up by White.
None of the other three, though, would have been making the dramatic jump up in weight that Faber would have done. Faber, who was the World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champion from 2006 through 2008, has fought at bantamweight with the exception of one bout since 2010
Instead of Faber, a former WEC champion and one of the most successful fighters ever at MMA’s lowest weight classes, McGregor will move up to 170 pounds to fight Nate Diaz.