Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) superstar Conor McGregor has confirmed that he was supposed to fight Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 224, only for the clash to get scrapped at the last minute. The Notorious who broke into the top-5 Forbes list for the highest paid athletes, took to social media to celebrate while also revealing a few details of a scheduled fight falling through.
“Made it to number four on the Forbes list this year,” McGregor wrote. “If I had of fought on the agreed May 12 bout in Rio de Janeiro, I would have surpassed (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Lionel) Messi to take second place.”
Made it to number 4 on the Forbes list this… https://t.co/nt45hs8ZbM
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 6, 2018
May 12th was the date that UFC 224 took place which was eventually headlined by women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington. However, if all things went well then it would be Notorious who would be headlining the event, where he would have had a chance of winning a third belt. The original plan was for McGregor to fight dos Anjos for the interim welterweight title.
Back in 2016, dos Anjos was scheduled to defend the lightweight championship against McGregor, the then featherweight champion at UFC 196 only for the Brazilian to withdraw from the clash due to a foot injury. The Irishman then went on to fight late-notice replacement Nate Diaz in a welterweight bout.
— King Conor McGregor Fans (@KingMcgregorFC) June 6, 2018
When asked why his second potential meeting with dos Anjos fell through, Mcgregor confirmed that “something came up”, no doubt referring to the legal problems that arose as a result of his wild appearance he made at a media event for UFC 223 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on the 5th of April.
The Irishman and his associates went on a rampage backstage, with McGregor throwing a dolly through a bus window in an attempt to attack rival Khabib Nurmagomedov. The 29-year-old is currently facing three charges of assault and one count of criminal mischief for his involvement in the incident.
The Irishman who posted a $50,000 bail bond on his first court hearing in April is next set to appear before thejudge on the 14th of June. While it is unclear as to whether he will undergo jail time, it does seem a possibility that we will not see him in the Octagon in the near future.