Rafael dos Anjos holds no ill will towards Conor McGregor but maintains that the Irishman got what he deserved at UFC 264.
McGregor was stretchered out of the octagon after suffering a gruesome leg injury at the end of the first round and, although dos Anjos doesn’t believe in karma, the former UFC lightweight champion is glad ‘The Notorious’ finally got a taste of his own medicine.
“I don’t believe in karma,” dos Anjos, who suffered a broken foot in the leadup to UFC 196, where he was supposed to fight McGregor, told MMA Junkie in an interview. “I don’t want anything bad for him, I wish him a speedy recovery, but I had to do that. I had to do that. People are still making fun with my injury. That’s what’s bugging me a lot, because people make fun of somebody’s injury. I didn’t make fun of his injury. I just showed because it’s a combat sport, we punch each other not only in the fight, but in training as well. I broke my foot. I was in a cast for six weeks and this guy made fun of me. All his fans, all his supporters making fun of me for years. Now he tastes his own medicine.
“Even Friday at the weigh-ins, he said, ‘Hey, you ducked me with a sore foot. He said the same thing on Friday too, that Dustin Poirier would leave the cage on a stretcher, and look how things happened. He left on a stretcher with a broken foot. So, he getting his own thing. He’s tasting his own venom and his own medicine and that’s it. I wish him a speedy recovery, but that’s what he got by talking too much.”
Dos Anjos served as the backup for the UFC 264 main event and, had he stepped in on short notice, the Brazilian is adamant that he would have put a much bigger beating on McGregor than Poirier did.
“It would look way worse,” dos Anjos said. “I think my ground game is way more powerful than Poirier’s. It would be way different. Conor, he looked so sloppy, he looked so small. I met him at the weigh-in day and we had a small altercation in the back room and he looks so small. He looks like a little boy. I would smash that guy.”
Dos Anjos is currently #7 in the UFC lightweight rankings. He last fought at UFC Fight Night 182, where he earned a split decision win over Paul Felder.