When news broke that Rafael Dos Anjos pulled out of his UFC 196 title bout vs Conor McGregor, the MMA world went in an uproar. Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports sat down with Dana White to discuss the situation:
White said the UFC offered the fight to Frankie Edgar and that Edgar turned it down, citing an injury. White said that ex-featherweight champion Jose Aldo also turned down the bout when offered.
“When we told Conor, he said, ‘Come on! This [expletive] guy! Oh my God! He’s pulling out?’ ” White said. “But when we went through the options, he said he’d fight any of them.
“I swear to God, he said, ‘I’ll fight anyone.’ He just doesn’t give a [expletive]. People talk about this strained relationship between us and Conor, and he has a different style than I’ve ever seen, but I have never seen anyone like Conor. The closest was Chuck Liddell, but we’ve never had one like Conor. You think he’s not hurt? But when he says he’s going to fight, he’s going to fight no matter what.”
“He hasn’t fought in two years,” Abdelaziz said of Nurmagomedov.
White became angry and said Nurmagomedov was not discussed.
“Ali is so full of [expletive],” White said. “What are we going to do, Khabib hasn’t fought in two years and we’re going to bring him in to save the show? Besides, Khabib has a fight and we gave that to Fox. It’s amazing, to be honest with you. All of these managers are out there jockeying and they say they want to fight Conor. You hear these guys screaming, ‘Conor, Conor, Conor,’ but then when it comes time to take a fight, they turn it down and they’re hurt.”