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Dos Anjos Out vs McGregor, New Opponent Revealed

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(Conor McGregor celebrates his win over Dustin Poirier after their featherweight fight during the UFC 178 event inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada)

Last summer Conor McGregor challenged the UFC champion for his belt, and with 11 days to go, the champ pulled out with an injury. The UFC put in Chad Mendes, with an interim title on the line. McGregor beat Mendes, and when featherweight  Jose Aldo came back, he crushed him too.

Now with 11 days to go until UFC 196 on March 5, UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos pulled out of the fight, reportedly with a broken foot. The news was reported by Ariel Helwani for MMA Fighting. ?This is in fact the fourth time in eight UFC fights that McGregor has had his initial opponent pull out.

The UFC is scrambling to find a replacement. It is not likely that an interim belt will be on the line. Thus McGregor’s goal of being the first champion in UFC history to hold two belts simultaneously will likely have to wait.

Tonight on ESPN’s Sports Center, UFC President Dana White announced that Nate Diaz will fight Conor McGregor at UFC 196 and that the fight will take place in the welterweight division:

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.