Saturday 1 October 2016

Dos Anjos withdrawal a nightmare for McGregor

Colm Parkinson

Published 24/02/2016 | 02:30

Conor McGregor will have to wait a little longer to make UFC history. Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images
Conor McGregor will have to wait a little longer to make UFC history. Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images

Conor McGregor will have to wait a little longer to make UFC history after the news broke yesterday that Rafael dos Anjos is out of UFC196.

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We spoke to McGregor many times on the show about his preparation, and one thing he stresses is that he doesn't tailor his training to suit his opponent's skills.

Instead he concentrates on getting his own preparation right. Because fighters often pull out, he doesn't waste his time worrying about what opponents will bring.

He has learned the hard way: four of McGregor's eight UFC fights have seen opponents pull out.

However, this fight, above all others, will have to affect him psychologically. Becoming the first UFC fighter to hold two titles was something he badly wanted, and it's not going to happen.

Dos Anjos getting injured is about the worst thing that could have happened. Whatever happens on March 5, no-one will really be the winner.

Not his opponent, who has only 11 days' notice to fight and not McGregor - if he loses he loses, if he wins, he only beat a fighter with 11 days' notice.

How he will get himself up psychologically for the bogey prize is the question.

Irish Independent

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