The pesky injury buy has apparently taken its biggest bite of the new year. According to multiple reports, including Globo, a broken foot will force lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (pictured) out of his highly anticipated shootout against featherweight champion Conor McGregor at UFC 196.
The UFC has yet to address the rumor.
If this report holds true, it is unknown if the UFC will keep McGregor in the March 5 event against another opponent or save their biggest cash cow for another day.
This wasn’t just your everyday matchup, but one with historical significance. McGregor was looking to become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two different belts at the same time. “Notorious” is fresh off blasting Jose Aldo to capture the featherweight crown in December.
As news broke of dos Anjos’ injury, several lightweights, including former champ Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone, have thrown their names into the hat to welcome McGregor into the 155-pound division.
No word on how long dos Anjos will be forced to ride the pine.
UFC 196 takes place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show’s current co-main event is a bantamweight title tilt between champ Holly Holm and Miesha Tate.
Here is the card’s current roster:
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch
Julian Erosa vs. Teruto Ishihara
Ilir Latifi vs. Gian Villante
Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Vitor Miranda
Jason Saggo vs. Justin Salas
Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Jim Miller vs. Diego Sanchez
Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly
Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb
Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor
Miesha Tate vs. Holly Holm (UFC bantamweight champion)
Conor McGregor vs. TBD