‘McGregor doesn’t deserve title shot’

Rafael dos Anjos believes that Conor McGregor doesn’t deserve to fight him for the lightweight title following his loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 on Saturday. 

The featherweight champion saw his undefeated streak in the UFC come to an end when he was made to submit in the second round of his main event fight with Diaz.

McGregor was initially supposed to face Dos Anjos for the lightweight title, but that did not come to fruition as Dos Anjos broke his foot while training. As a result, Diaz stepped in as Dos Anjos’ replacement and caused a huge upset by defeating the Irishman.

“I think he doesn’t deserve a fight for the 155lb (belt),” Dos Anjos told The MMA Hour. “He just got beat. He just got submitted by the no.5 ranking with ten days notice.

“And a lot people say ‘ah Conor went up two weight divisions’, no. Nate Diaz, he is a 155lb fighter. He’s 155, he’s a lightweight.

“He’s saying that ‘I went up two weight divisions’. No. He did not fight Robbie Lawler, he did not fight Jonny Hendricks, he fought Nate Diaz – which is 155.

“Life is going you know. I have a lot of things, a lot of tough fights in my career and a lot of lightweights. I just think Conor doesn’t a fight for (the 155lb) belt. He just got smashed by no.5 ranking.”

Dos Anjos asserted that he was confident that Diaz would triumph over McGregor as he knew what the 30-year-old was capable of having beaten him via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 13 in December 2014.

“I fought Nate Diaz already and I knew [he’d win],” he said. “Conor is a good fighter, but I think I can put a worse beating on him for sure.”

However, Dos Anjos isn’t closing the door on McGregor for good as the lightweight champion is open to facing the 27-year-old once he gets back to his winning ways.

“Yeah it’d be good,” he admitted. “Everybody likes money but I think money is not the most important thing for me.

“I’m really happy with how much I make and I have everything in my life. If one day he fights and makes some good wins and wants to fight for the title I’ll be there.”

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