Dos Anjos (31-13 MMA, 19-11 UFC), a old-fashioned UFC lightweight champion, turn out to be pegged because the change battle for McGregor’s (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) trilogy bout with Poirier (28-6 MMA, 20-5 UFC) on Saturday on the T-Cellular Arena in Las Vegas. He made weight earlier than the card, however his services had been within the slay no longer required.
Restful, even though, dos Anjos turn out to be portion of the legend both earlier than and after the battle. He got into a verbal altercation with McGregor on the encourage of the curtain at weigh-ins, then when “The Infamous” suffered a damaged leg that resulted in his first-spherical TKO loss, the Brazilian took a shot at him on social media.
Dos Anjos turn out to be alleged to battle McGregor at UFC 196 in March 2016, however a damaged foot suffered trusty 11 days out forced him to withdraw. He turn out to be changed by Nate Diaz – who went on to submit McGregor – and the Irishman has since continually criticized dos Anjos for his incapability to form it to the octagon that evening.
The stress from that arrangement back has remained, and no matter dos Anjos’ notify he doesn’t need McGregor any trusty ill will, he acknowledged he has to form his notify heard.
“I don’t mediate in karma,” dos Anjos instructed MMA Junkie Radio on Monday. “I don’t need the leisure wicked for him, I need him a immediate restoration, however I had to attain that. I had to attain that. Folks are unruffled making fun with my pain. That’s what’s bugging me loads, attributable to us form fun of any person’s pain. I didn’t form fun of his pain. I trusty showed because it’s a wrestle sport, we punch every other no longer greatest within the battle, however in coaching as smartly. I broke my foot. I turn out to be in a solid for six weeks and this synthetic fun of me. All his followers, all his supporters making fun of me for years. Now he tastes his have medication.
“Even Friday on the weigh-ins, he acknowledged, ‘Howdy, you ducked me with a sore foot. He acknowledged the same thing on Friday too, that Dustin Poirier would walk away the cage on a stretcher, and look how things took arrangement. He left on a stretcher with a damaged foot. So, he getting his have thing. He’s tasting his have venom and his have medication and that’s it. I need him a immediate restoration, however that’s what he got by speaking too great.”
Dos Anjos acknowledged he turn out to be no longer impressed with what he saw out of McGregor earlier than the pain. The early hanging exchanges had been aggressive, however Poirier’s floor work turn out to be taking on the encourage half of the spherical. Dos Anjos acknowledged he’s even extra purposeful in that arrangement, and it will’ve been a wicked evening for McGregor had his services been required.
“It could well well look capacity worse,” dos Anjos acknowledged. “I teach my floor game is capacity extra indispensable than Poirier’s. It could well well be capacity quite loads of. Conor, he regarded so sloppy, he regarded so tiny. I met him on the weigh-in day and we had a tiny altercation within the encourage room and he appears so tiny. He appears delight in a little bit boy. I’d atomize that man.”
Dos Anjos’ probability to “atomize” McGregor will have to aid, even though. He didn’t earn his opportunity at UFC 196 or UFC 264, however if McGregor makes a profitable restoration, the stars also can fair be ready to align within the long bustle.
There are no regrets from dos Anjos’ slay being the UFC 264 change. After undergoing surgical treatment earlier this twelve months, he acknowledged it gave him one thing to focal level on and work toward. He offered to attain it, truly, and even though he wouldn’t had been in ideal shape if he did earn the call, he’s ecstatic to agree with performed it.
“The truth is I didn’t agree with the timing for coaching that I indubitably need, however it absolutely turn out to be factual for me because it arrangement the aim that I agree with to be in shape and I had maybe two or three sparring classes,” dos Anjos acknowledged. “Undoubtedly I’d no longer be at 100 percent, however that may perchance well be a enormous arrangement back for me to be an alternative choice to that battle. It’s a colossal battle. Poirier vs. Conor. I took the probability, I took the chance and to boot they accredited my offer as smartly. It could well well be a factual payday for me and I acknowledged, ‘Let’s attain it.’ I’d no longer be 100 percent, it wouldn’t be the ideal camp for me because four months within the past I turn out to be within the surgical treatment room.”