Dos Anjos, also a former lightweight champ, ended up being scheduled instead for an interim 170-pound title bout with Colby Covington, though the fight later was moved from the Rio card to this Saturday in Chicago.
From the time he chose to relocate to the welterweight division, Dos Anjos has been laser focused on joining Randy Couture, BJ Penn, Conor McGregor and Georges St-Pierre as the only fighters to capture UFC titles in two different divisions. "I want to fight".
"It means a lot for my legacy", admitted Dos Anjos.
New lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has a history of strong words with McGregor, and a fight that saw the pair settle their ongoing dispute would surely generate as much as hype as any contest in the UFC's history.
UFC 224 took place in Brazil, and any legal issues McGregor is going through could easily preclude him from traveling overseas to fight.
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However, female athletes notably failed to break into the top 100 for the first time since Forbes began publishing its ranking. Kurt Badenhausen, Forbes' senior editor, told CNN Sport that on endorsements alone Williams would be ranked in the top 10 .
"He just started doing steroids and always freaking had roid rage", Covington said. The Irishman's earnings for 2017 - all from the Mayweather fight - were estimated at $85 million, which Forbes characterized as "more than five times his previous biggest check".
McGregor's social media post suggests that if he had gone through with the RDA fight at UFC 224, he would have been listed higher on the new Forbes richest list for 2018.
With all to fight for in the fifth and final round, Covington immediately attempted to take the fight back to the ground, once again pressuring dos Anjos against the cage and sapping his energy. When he was told that he would fight me, he said, 'Dos Anjos, just in December - only December'.
Though he's been sidelined with injury as of late, his body of work inside the octagon as champion can not be denied, racking up victories over Demian Maia, and Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson twice.
"I'm not really concerned with who's ready, who's next", Woodley said.
"I think people do whatever they choose to promote themselves and he chose that way, talking about somebody else's country to promote his fight and promote himself", he added in regards to Covington's various comments. He wants to fight in July or August with these three guys. Covington's striking is not near the top of the division, but he showed a mean streak in his disdain for Maia's power, and you certainly have to give him credit for going to work. "I'm just happy to be fighting and performing at my best".
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