During the UFC 196 pre-fight press conference, Conor McGregor took shots at Rafael dos Anjos for pulling out of the fight, and to both Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo for not accepting the contest once it was offered to them.
“There were many options, but in reality, many people pretended to want this fight until the fight actually presented itself,” McGregor said.
“Frankie didn’t want to shut up, but then when he was given a phone call and a date, then he hasn’t been seen or heard since,” he said. “Jose also! Jose was in camp, apparently preparing in case Dos Anjos pulls out, then all of a sudden Dos Anjos pulls out with his bruised foot, and Jose is not fit!”
“They always pull. They always run,” McGregor said. “They always make out like they want it, but really they don’t want it. I was expecting it.”
Aldo went on record to say he would be willing to step in at any time to face McGregor, until news broke of Dos Anjos’ injury and his coach said that Jose wouldn’t be ready. Edgar has been clamoring for the fight as well, but couldn’t accept it due to a reported groin injury.
“They all have sore vaginas lately, it’s crazy,” McGregor said. “There’s something going on, I don’t know. Dos Anjos broke his foot and his vagina in the same damn day. Same with Edgar. I couldn’t believe the odds of that to happen.”
“Everyone wanted it, then everyone didn’t want it. At least Nate was engaging in the conversation, everyone else flat out went running. Instantly he became the front runner.”
McGregor also took repeated shots at Dos Anjos, who recently posted a photo of his swollen foot.
“I looked at the picture that Dos Anjos put up and it’s a bruise,” McGregor said. “I heard ice works wonders.”
“Dos Anjos has a bruise on his foot. Did you see it? It’s a bruise! Ice. Ibuprofen. If I jumped under an X-ray, the doctor would slap me and say, ‘What are you doing kid? Get out of here, stop this.'”
When asked if he was possibly looking at Dos Anjos at UFC 200, McGregor said pulling out of this one may change those plans.
“It’s hard to commit to Dos Anjos again,” he said. “The same with Jose, 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. It does change a little bit.”
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