Conor McGregor accepts Rafael dos Anjos’ invitation to fight despite already having a bout in the works

Conor McGregor accepts Rafael dos Anjos’ invitation to fight despite already having a bout in the works

January 18, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Conor McGregor celebrates his first round TKO victory against Donald Cerrone following UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
January 18, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Conor McGregor celebrates his first round TKO victory against Donald Cerrone following UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rafael dos Anjos called Conor McGregor out and he quickly answered.

After his win at UFC Vegas 14, Rafael dos Anjos made it clear that he felt like he had the right to get to throw down with a previously booked opponent, Conor McGregor. And it seems McGregor may be more than willing to do battle.

RDA returned to the lightweight division for the first time in four years on the card, defeating Paul Felder in the main event.

Despite fight with Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor accepts RDA’s challenge

In his post-fight interview, dos Anjos stated that the UFC’s lightweight division is “wide open” as a result of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement at UFC 254 last month.

He then stated that a fight between him and McGregor was the most sense to make because they are the only two “true” champions of the division. RDA pointed out both he and McGregor have won the undisputed lightweight title in the past, while the likes of Tony Ferguson, Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje have only been interim champions.

It didn’t take long for the message to get to McGregor, and he was quick to answer back.

Respect to both men for making this fight and event happen tonight.
Good fight!
I’m in for sure.

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 15, 2020

This comes in spite of the fact that a rematch between McGregor and Poirier has long been in the works. In fact, it was at one point confirmed for UFC 257 in January before that report was shot down by UFC President Dana White.

McGregor followed up with another tweet, clarifying that Poirier will be his first piece of business before moving on to anything like a battle with dos Anjos.

McGregor and RDA, who were featherweight and lightweight champion, respectively, at the time, were originally booked to face each other at UFC 196 in McGregor’s original attempt to become the UFC’s first-ever champ-champ.

RDA was forced out of the fight less than two weeks prior to the event with an injury, and instead we got the two fights between McGregor and Nate Diaz.

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