Pic: Rafael dos Anjos shares picture of broken foot and it looks pretty nasty
There were plenty of conspiracy theories yesterday when it emerged that Rafael dos Anjos had pulled out of his scheduled world lightweight title fight against Conor McGregor in Las Vegas.
The Brazilian was running scared - just like Jose Aldo - was one theory while a PR stunt to generate even more money was another.
But Dos Anjos has taken to Twitter to post up a picture of the extent of the damage done to his foot and it looks quite clear that it is serious.
"Sorry to all my real fans and @ufc,I never cancel any fight due to injury but accidents happen #Jesus #truechampion," tweeted Dos Anjos with a picture of a rather crooked looked foot attached.
UFC president Dana White has confirmed that McGregor will face Nate Diaz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on March 5 following dos Anjos' withdrawal.
“We figured this would be the most exciting fight,” White said. “It’s the fight that Conor really wanted. A lot of people wanted to fight Conor McGregor, but Diaz wanted the fight and we figured this was the fight to make and the fight that the fans wanted to see."
White revealed that a number of fighters turned down the chance to step into the breach while others were keen to enter the Octagon with 'The Notorious'.
“We called Jose Aldo, Jose Aldo turned the fight down,” White said.
“We called Frankie Edgar, Frankie Edgar turned the fight down. We called ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, (and he) absolutely accepted the fight – would love to take the fight. B.J. Penn said he wanted the fight. A lot of guys wanted this fight, but we ended up with Nate Diaz. We felt this was the fight to make and the fight the fans wanted to see.”
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