RAFAEL DOS ANJOS referred to as out Conor McGregor in ‘the struggle to make’ with UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov retired.
The Brazilian made the assertion after he beat Paul Felder in a five round main-event.
Rafael dos Anjos referred to as out Conor McGregor in ‘the struggle to make’Credit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
McGregor is ready to make his UFC return in January Credit score: Instagram @thenotoriousmma
Dos Anjos, who stepped down from welterweight for the primary time since 2016, despatched out a message to his outdated rival McGregor.
He mentioned: “I believe if Khabib is admittedly retired, it can go away the division large open.
“In case you look to the contenders, I believe solely me and Conor, we’re the one actual champions in that division.
“All people else is all interim champions. I believe if the division is open, me and Conor is the struggle to make.”
Nurmagomedov, 32, introduced a shock retirement final month after beating Justin Gaethje, 31, at UFC 254.
However Dana White is hopeful the unbeaten Russian will come again for his thirtieth and last struggle and in consequence has stored his belt.
McGregor, 32, is ready to return to the UFC in January having been supplied a light-weight headliner towards on January 23.
The Irishman has not fought since knocking out 37-year-old Donald Cerrone in the beginning of the 12 months.
Dos Anjos and McGregor pictured earlier than their canceled 2016 struggle Credit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
Dos Anjos, 36, had called to fight McGregor throughout the week buildng up to his fight with Feldman, 36.
He was resulting from defend his light-weight belt towards McGregor at UFC 196 in 2016.
However after his withdrawal, Nate Diaz instead replaced him on short notice before pulling off a major upset.
Diaz misplaced the rematch 5 months later, and Dos Anjos’ shot at McGregor appeared useless.
However in 2018 the UFC had plans to match the pair up once more, however this time at welterweight for the interim title.
That plan was then axed that April after McGregor infamously attacked a UFC bus with arch rival Nurmagomedov inside.