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Conor McGregor was set to return and fight in Rio but 'something came up'

The fight likely would have been against Rafael dos Anjos for the interim welterweight championship, which could've provided McGregor with an opportunity to win a title in a third class.


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Conor McGregor revealed on his Instagram account that he nearly returned to UFC last month until "something came up."

 

Within the post, McGregor mentioned his No. 4 spot on Forbes' highest-paid athletes' list for 2017, and claimed would have earned a higher mark if he fought in an "agreed May 12th bout in Rio de Janiero." 

 

McGregor also said fight did not happen because "something came up."

Made it to number 4 on the Forbes list this year. If I had of fought on the agreed May 12th bout in Rio De Janeiro, I would have surpassed Ronaldo and Messi to take 2nd place. Something came up however...Ah well, still under 30.

The fight likely would have been against Rafael dos Anjos for the interim welterweight championship, which could've provided McGregor with an opportunity to win a title in a third class, which no UFC fighter has achieved.

 

The "something" was probably the April incident when McGregor attacked a bus after UFC 223 media day event at the Barclays Center, following being stripped of his lightweight belt.

McGregor who's clearly enjoying his downtime and world fame and fortune in the present was charged with three counts of assault and a count of criminal mischief for the skirmish. He's due in court on June 14 in Brooklyn, New York.

 

He has no fight scheduled in the near term.

 

Dos Anjos is now scheduled to face Colby Covington for the interim 170-pound belt at UFC 225 on Saturday.

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