Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) needs a new main event for its upcoming UFC 196 pay-per-view (PPV), as reigning lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos reportedly broke his foot in training and was forced to withdraw from his Conor McGregor fight on March 5, 2016 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
That's according to a report from MMA Fighting.
Spoke with RDA's camp. No word on when he will be able to return to training. "It's too soon."— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) February 23, 2016
McGregor should be used to this sort of thing after the UFC 189 debacle last July, and the names of possible replacements are already coming in fast and furious. Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone, among others, are likely at the top of the list.
Confirmed RDA is off 196. Cerrone's manager says he's asked for it. He weighs 174. Would "get down as much as he could." That's one option.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 23, 2016
Of course, the promotion can always fall back on the championship co-main event between Holly Holm and Miesha Tate, but that would probably be a last resort (so says this guy). In all likelihood, McGregor will remain in the main event and collect his check against an opponent to be named.
If you’re clamoring for Edgar, he’s unavailable, I’m told. Dealing w/ an injury. There aren’t a ton of options. You can probably guess em.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 23, 2016
See the rest of the UFC 196 line up here.
UFC has yet to make an official announcement, but that should come sooner, rather than later.