It seems like everyone is hating on Conor McGregor these days. Win, lose, draw, inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon or not, the Irish superstar always seems to catch flack for whatever he does. Fellow fighters don't respect his gift for gab while specific fight fans don't feel he's as good as advertised.
So it shouldn't come a surprise that former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, who McGregor was originally scheduled to fight at UFC 196 before RDA pulled out and was replaced by Nate Diaz, believes McGregeor didn't defeat Diaz at UFC 202 this past August. As a matter of fact, the Brazilian thought it was an overly sloppy affair between two tired adversaries.
"I think most of the people watched MMA for the first time that day and they think that was... I just saw two sloppy guys after the second round," said dos Anjos during an interview with Ariel Helwani on a recent edition of The MMA Hour. "The fight got so sloppy, and I didn't see the best fight of all times at all, but it is what it is."
While RDA is entitled to his opinion, the reboot between McGregor and Diaz got "sloppy" on the heels of countless exchanges on the feet and grueling battles along the cage. Dos Anjos even gave Diaz the nod on the scorecards after running into trouble in Round 1.
"The first round was good," added the former champ. "Conor dropped Nate a couple of times, but then I didn't see like ‘Wow, what an exciting fight.' I didn't see that way. I've watched better fights before."
Dos Anjos may very well meet McGregor or Diaz (in a rematch) down the line at 155 pounds. But for now, he'll have to keep his focus on his upcoming main event tilt with surging Tony Ferguson at UFC Fight Night 98 (TUF: Latin America 3 Finale) on Nov. 5 from Mexico City, Mexico.