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Rafael dos Anjos: There was no talk of me fighting Conor McGregor at UFC 224

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Rafael dos Anjos shuts down the rumor that he was in talks for an interim title fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 224.

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In the days leading up to April’s UFC 223 pay-per-view, it was reported that Ultimate Fighting Championship was looking to a book an interim welterweight title bout between Conor McGregor and Rafael dos Anjos in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

That all changed, however, after ‘The Notorious’ got himself arrested in New York after launching a dolly through the window of a fighter’s bus and injuring several people on-board, including UFC fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg.

The rumored McGregor-dos Anjos fight resurfaced again earlier this week when McGregor, the former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion, said he was originally preparing to do battle with ‘RDA’ at UFC 224 on May 12.

“Made it to number 4 on the Forbes list this year. If I had of fought on the agreed May 12th bout in Rio De Janeiro, I would have surpassed Ronaldo and Messi to take 2nd place. Something came up however... Ah well, still under 30,” McGregor posted on Instagram.

According to dos Anjos, however, the UFC never contacted him over a potential interim title bout with McGregor.

“Not at all,” dos Anjos recently said at a UFC 225 media scrum when asked if a fight with McGregor was ever proposed. “They did not contact me to talk about that fight. I think, probably, they was planning to do a surprise on that press conference, you know? Even for me, it would be a surprise for me. But they never contacted me to talk about that fight.”

When asked if he would have accepted the fight, had it been proposed, the Brazilian said he wouldn’t have hesitated to square off with McGregor at 170 pounds.

“Yea, 170 pounds? Of course. Not ‘55.”

Dos Anjos is making final preparations for his interim welterweight bout with Colby Covington, who he will take on in the co-main event of UFC 225 tomorrow night. The PPV takes place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.