Former UFC lightweight titleholder, Rafael dos Anjos has once more attracted the attention of fellow former champion, Conor McGregor – after the Brazilian called for UFC president, Dana White to issue him with the symbolic BMF title amid the recent arrest of Jorge Masvidal.
dos Anjos, currently riding a two-fight winning run, most recently knocked back short-notice replacement, Renato Moicano in the co-main event of UFC 272 earlier this month, landing a unanimous decision against his compatriot over the course of five rounds.
The victory marked dos Anjos’ second straight following a November 2020 short-notice judging win over the now-retired, Paul Felder.
Following March’s victory over Moicano, however, dos Anjos called out the above mentioned, Masvidal for a BMF title matchup.
However, amid the current titleholder’s recent arrest this week for his part in an alleged attack on Colby Covington on Monday night, dos Anjos has ordered the aforenoted, White to issue him the BMF belt as a result.
“You’re either a BMF or you’re a sucker puncher,” Rafael dos Anjos tweeted. “Can’t be both. @danawhite time to hand the belt to me.”
Appearing to take umbrage with dos Anjos’ stake to claim the title, McGregor, a former two-weight UFC champion, claimed the Brazilian was ineligible to fight for such a title, pointing to his withdrawal from their scheduled March 2016 title fight.
“(You) pulled out with a sore toe in what would have been the biggest fight of your bloodline’s existence,” Conor McGregor tweeted. “Past, present, and future. You are never eligible.”
In response, dos Anjos, who had a brief run-in with McGregor as he served as a backup fighter for the Dubliner’s July rubber match with Dustin Poirier, poked fun at McGregor’s career submission losses – claiming that he was a “b*tch” who would rather tap out than lose consciousness.
“Says the b*tch that needs bodyguards to go weigh-in and taps to rear-naked chokes too scared to go to sleep…,” Rafael dos Anjos tweeted.
dos Anjos was slated to headline UFC 196 against then-featherweight champion, McGregor back in March 2016, until the Niteroi veteran suffered a fractured metatarsal in the weeks leading up to the fight, forcing his withdrawal.