Reports coming out of Brazil indicate a broken foot suffered in training has taken UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos out of his scheduled UFC 196 bout against Conor McGregor. The 155-championship fight was set as the main event of the March 5th card in Las Vegas.
McGregor (19-2) was coming off a 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo in December to capture the featherweight title and was attempting to become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts in two different divisions at the same time.
Dos Anjos (25-7) won the lightweight title from Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision in March of last year. In his first title defense this past December he stopped Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone via TKO in just 66-seconds.
The UFC has yet to make an official announcement regarding dos Anjos and it is not known at this time if they will be able to find a short-notice replacement to fill in against McGregor. However if they still need someone we know a guy who would be more than happy to fight the Irishman on less than two weeks notice.
— MZ (@__MartinCZ__) February 23, 2016
For the record, we don’t believe this Wikipedia entry on how RDA broke his foot:
Stay tuned for updates on this story.