Conor McGregor sounds like he’s prepared to kill two birds with one stone this weekend.
On Wednesday, reports surfaced that former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos is in Las Vegas just days ahead of UFC 264 and he was spotted at the fighter hotel cutting weight. MMA Fighting has confirmed with sources that dos Anjos will step to the scale at the official weigh-ins, presumably as a backup for the main event trilogy bout between Dustin Poirier and McGregor; however, officials have not made any announcement as to what role dos Anjos will play on Saturday, if any.
Rafael Dos Anjos is in Las Vegas this week and he was seen at the fighter hotel cutting weight with his trainers.— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) July 8, 2021
UFC never made any official announcement about a backup for McGregor vs. Poirier 3 but take that for what you will... #UFC264
Unsurprisingly, the news made its way to the McGregor camp and “The Notorious” offered a boast on Twitter in response to dos Anjos possibly being involved.
Put dos anjos in at the same time.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 8, 2021
“Put dos Anjos in at the same time,” McGregor wrote.
On Thursday, dos Anjos issued his own response, suggesting that McGregor might have tweeted his comment while under the influence.
Alcoholic hallucinosis from drinking cheap whiskey until 3:39am https://t.co/BApwKfskzQ— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) July 8, 2021
“Alcoholic hallucinosis from drinking cheap whiskey until 3:39am,” dos Anjos wrote.
McGregor is firmly focused on making sure that Poirier is “taken out on a stretcher” as they head into their third meeting with each man having one win in their series, but McGregor and dos Anjos have their own history.
The two were famously slated to fight at UFC 196 in March 2016, with dos Anjos putting his lightweight title on the line against McGregor, then the featherweight champion. Unfortunately for dos Anjos, he was forced to withdraw due to an injury and was replaced by Nate Diaz, who went on to upset McGregor in one of the most-watched fights in UFC history.