Conor McGregor’s antics in New York back in April likely denied him the chance to fight for a record-breaking third UFC title belt.
His arrest after an attack on a bus at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn came in the build-up to UFC 223.
A recent report from Ariel Helwani stated that a four man tournament was planned for the Autumn, included an opening match-up between Georges St-Pierre and Nate Diaz on August 4 in Las Vegas before a fight between Nurmagomedov and McGregor.
Per the man himself however, an earlier Helwani report has been verified.
It was said that McGregor was scheduled to fight at UFC 224 on May 12, in Brazil. The card was entually headlined by women’s bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, who defeated Raquel Pennington.
The plan however, was apparently set to be ‘The Notorious’ one taking on Rafael Dos Anjos for the interim welterweight title, in a revised match-up of the UFC 196 main event that never took place.
“Made it to number 4 on the Forbes list this year”, McGregor wrote on his Instagram.
“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.”
Instead, Dos Anjos will face controversial American Colby Covington in the main event of UFC 225 this weekend for the same belt, as champion Tyron Woodley sits out due to injury.