UFC fighter Rafael dos Anjos was vocal about the rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor at UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2. The former UFC lightweight champion claims that Diaz won a “sloppy” rematch against McGregor.
According to an article written by MMA Fighting, it reports that Rafael dos Anjos made his personal opinions about the main event rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor known during a recent interview with Ariel Helwani onThe MMA Hour. Apparently, dos Anjos thought the fight in general was “sloppy” with two “sloppy” guys fighting against each other. He did however, score the fight three out of five rounds in favor of Nate Diaz.
“I think most of the people watched MMA for the first time that day and they think that was… I just saw two sloppy guys after the second round. The fight got so sloppy, and I didn’t see the best fight of all times at all, but it is what it is.”
Rafael dos Anjos did not think the entire fight was “sloppy” though. He thought the first round of the fight was good, which was one of the few rounds Conor McGregor clearly won.
“The first round was good. Conor dropped Nate a couple of times, but then I didn’t see like ‘Wow, what an exciting fight.’ I didn’t see that way. I’ve watched better fights before.”
In a follow-up article written by MMA Mania, it reports that Rafael dos Anjos’ opinion does not take into account that the fight got “sloppy” after countless exchanges between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor. Both UFC fighters ate a lot of punishment going into the second and third rounds, which is more than enough of a reason for said “sloppiness” in the first place.
Though Rafael dos Anjos claiming Nate Diaz really won his rematch against Conor McGregor comes off as sour grapes, he does have a victory over Diaz. Back on December 13, 2014, dos Anjos went one-on-one against Diaz in a fight and he won with a unanimous decision victory. He most likely compared Diaz during the time he fought him to what he saw at UFC 202.
As for Rafael dos Anjos’ opinions of McGregor, he is entitled to them but he can’t really say much about how he fights since he never fought him. As a matter of fact, dos Anjos is criticized among some people in the MMA community for supposedly running away from McGregor when they were supposed to fight at UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz (then called UFC 196: dos Anjos vs. McGregor). Then again, Rafael dos Anjos probably believes he can beat Conor McGregor because Nate Diaz beat him, and he beat Diaz.
As for Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor, it would only make sense to eventually give them their trilogy fight. Both fighters have a win over the other and the third and final fight would be the tie-breaker to find out who is the best once and for all.
However, the final fight in the Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor trilogy will have to wait. According to a written article by Fox Sports, it reports UFC president Dana White has given McGregor an ultimatum on the UFC featherweight championship.
“He’s not going to get stripped. He’s going to make a decision. He knows the Nate Diaz fight isn’t the fight to make right now. He has to either defend his title or give it up and decide what he wants to do next. We’ll get that figured out with him.”
Jose Aldo defeated Frankie Edgar at UFC 200: Tate vs. Nunes to become the interim UFC Featherweight Champion, ergo he has the opportunity to fight Conor McGregor in a title unification match. That is what Dana White hopes will happen. However if McGregor does not want a rematch against Aldo, he will have to give up the title.
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