Former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor caused a fracas inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, April 5. Now former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos has come forward to reveal that he is the latest fighter to be impacted by the incident.
Dos Anjos was initially set to face off against Colby Covington for the UFC interim welterweight title in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. However, following the fracas inside the Barclays Center, the fight was moved to UFC 225 in Chicago, Illinois.
Speaking on the latest edition of The MMA Hour, Dos Anjos has come forward to reveal that he believes McGregor’s recent incident may have caused his title fight to be moved.
“I flew to New York to have that fight announced in Rio, but I think it was [switched] because of that Conor thing. Like, after that incident with the bus and all of that, I think the UFC was kinda afraid. Colby’s been talking a lot of crap about Brazilians and if something happened there — if the security couldn’t hold one guy, how can they hold a Brazilian crowd [going] crazy because of the stuff that this guy’s been saying?”
Dos Anjos would have been fighting for his second division UFC title in his home country had things gone to plan. Now the fighter will have to face off on American soil for the interim welterweight title.