Rafael dos Anjos pulls out of fight with Conor McGregor
Rafael dos Anjos has been forced to withdraw from next week's much-anticipated fight with Conor McGregor.
Combate's Ana Hissa broke the news that the Brazilian belt holder sustained a training injury which means he will not be able to participate in the fight scheduled for March 5.
This means the lightweight title fight will no longer take place, as McGregor was poised to make UFC history by holding two belts at one time if he overcame Dos Anjos.
MMA journalist Jim Edwards also confirmed the reported news.
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McGregor's coach John Kavanagh posted a sad face on Twitter shortly after the reports broke. One option for McGregor is to fight Cowboy Cerrone in Vegas on March 5.
MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani has said that the Cerrone camp would be interesting in taking up the fight.
"Spoke to Cerrone’s mgmt team this morning. They are interested in taking the fight. He’s on the shortlist, for sure," tweet Helwani.
It is the second time McGregor has been left without an opponent after Jose Aldo withdrew from their initial fight last summer with Chad Mendes stepping in to take on McGregor.
Spoke to Cerrone’s mgmt team this morning. They are interested in taking the fight. He’s on the shortlist, for sure.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 23, 2016
:(— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) February 23, 2016