Conor McGregor isn’t afraid to go big when his original opponents back out of fighting him. When Jose Aldo pulled out of their featherweight title fight last year, McGregor could have faced off against anyone he chose … the UFC was just grateful he was willing to accept a last second replacement at all, unlike certain other fighters whose names rhyme with Gon Gones. He ended up facing, and beating, No. 1 contender Chand Mendes, the toughest opponent available.
Now McGregor is in a similar situation with Rafael Dos Anjos pulling out of their fight a mere 10 days from the card. And once again, he didn’t blink when tough names were put forward for consideration.
“In reality, many people pretended like they wanted to fight until the fight actually presented itself,” McGregor said at Wednesday’s press conference. “Frankie [Edgar] never showed up, and when he was given a phone call and a date, he hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Jose [Aldo] also, Jose was in camp preparing in case Dos Anjos pulled out. And then all of a sudden Dos Anjos pulls out with his bruised foot, and then Jose is not fit.”