McGregor says “it’s hard to commit to dos Anjos again” after he pulled out of UFC 196 with “bruise on the foot”

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Conor McGregor (Photo credit Gary A. Vasquez © USA Today)

“They all have sore vaginas lately, it’s crazy. There’s something going on, I don’t know. Dos Anjos broke his foot and his vagina in the same damn day. Same with [Frankie] Edgar. I couldn’t believe the odds of that to happen… I looked at the picture that dos Anjos put up and it’s a bruise. I heard ice works wonders. What do you want me to say? Did you see it? It’s a bruise. Ice. Ibuprofen. If I jumped under an X-ray [with that], the doctor would slap me and say, ‘What are you doing kid? Get out of here, stop this.’ … It’s hard to commit to dos Anjos again. The same with Jose [Aldo], he pulled. It took him two gos to build up the courage. Hopefully maybe it could take dos Anjos two gos to build up the courage. But when you pull out with an injury like that, a bruise on the foot, there’s not much I can do to help you, to bring you back into the mix… They always pull. They always run. They always make out like they want it, but really they don’t want it. I was expecting it.”

-During Wednesday’s UFC 196 press conference for his new fight with Nate Diaz, Conor McGregor rips originally scheduled opponent Rafael dos Anjos over his injury removal, as well as Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar for not taking the fight themselves (transcribed by

Penick’s Analysis: Shaming guys over legitimate injuries is something McGregor’s done quite often, so this was par for the course on Wednesday. That said, there’s no questioning McGregor’s track record of showing up when he says he’s going to show up, regardless of whomever winds up as the opponent, and it’s kind of uncanny how similar this is to the Aldo fight last year. Of course, there could be some other options for the UFC at UFC 200 other than dos Anjos if they don’t feel like trying to make that fight again. This fight with Diaz is going to wind up being quite big on its own with no belt on the line, so if it becomes a matter of booking the most interesting fight for a show they’re hoping will be their biggest, dos Anjos may not fit that bill.

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