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Dos Anjos Camp Claim Conor McGregor Was ‘Relieved’ At His UFC 196 Withdrawal

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Full time McGregor hater Ali Abdelaziz took to Instagram to have yet another pop at the Irishman for dismissing his client’s foot injury.

Rafael Dos Anjos’ injury just 12 days out from his scheduled clash with Conor McGregor at UFC 196 necessitated his withdrawal from the event.

Marking six opponent changes for McGregor in his last twelve fights, he was understandably short of sympathy for his foe.

“It’s a bruised foot! It’s called ice and Ibuprofen. When you pull out with an injury like that there’s not much I can do to bring you back into the mix”, he jibed in response.

He then went on to claim that he was expecting the withdrawal, and that it made no difference that he would fight a dangerous late replacement in Nate Diaz at a higher weight.

Dos Anjos’ manager Ali Abdel-Aziz (also an advocate of fellow McGregor-rival Frankie Edgar), refuted both claims on Instagram, revealing that the injury sustained is much more serious than a bruise, and sensationally stating that ‘The Notorious’ was ‘relieved’ at the news.

“When you have a bruise you don’t have a cast on. One thing I can tell you — Conor was relieved when he found out Rafael dos Anjos was injured and I really mean it, this is not trash talking — I truly mean it.”

Pic via Fox Sports | Instagram
Pic via Fox Sports | Instagram

It would mark a sharp u-turn in proceedings if Abdel-Aziz wasn’t engaging in trash-talk, as he has it down to a tee where McGregor is concerned.

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