Dos Anjos, who faces Neil Magny this weekend at UFC 215, isn’t backing down from his statement on Conor McGregor.
As with his defeat to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, Conor McGregor’s loss to Floyd Mayweather last month drew the mirth of his most ardent critics in Jose Aldo and the aforementioned Dos Anjos.
Both men of course have a history with the ‘Notorious’ one.
After an almost year-long verbal assault from McGregor, Aldo lunged at him in their bout at UFC 194 in December 2015, and was duly knocked out in 13 seconds. A few months later, the Irishman was set to face RDA in March at UFC 196, before an injury to the latter saw the fight fall through.
Jose Aldo attempted last week to explain his reaction to McGregor’s boxing debut, claiming that he didn’t even watch the fight. He also implied that a social media handler was responsible for publishing the tweet.
Rafael Dos Anjos, on the other hand, isn’t backing down from his Instagram post. Speaking to MMAJunkie‘s Mike Bohn, the Brazilian doubled down on his criticism.
“I don’t have to kiss Conor’s ass just to please all his fans,” dos Anjos told MMAJunkie.
“I wasn’t happy because he lost, that’s for sure. I can do that, because I am the next to step in the octagon and that’s a thing called karma. That comes back to you. I just say the truth. I think he’s a fast starter and he gassed out.
He’s had this problem. I think everyone saw before he’s gassing out with Diaz as well. I think he doesn’t have a strong mind. He doesn’t push his cardio enough and that’s why he gets tired. A 40-year-old man made him tired.”
So is another tilt at the lightweight championship he once held on the cards? That McGregor currently holds it is yet more incentive. However, RDA claims that his health comes first as the weight cut has become too much.
“I’m not really excited to come back to lightweight. I’m not really excited to do it. We’ve got to see. It’s too much for me. It’s been too much. My health means more than money.”
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