CONOR MCGREGOR was involved in a heated confrontation with Rafael dos Anjos at the UFC 264 weigh-ins on Friday.
Former lightweight champ Dos Anjos weighed in as an alternate for McGregor’s trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier tomorrow morning.
McGregor and Dos Anjos, 32 and 36 respectively, were scheduled to fight one another over five years ago.
And the pair came close to throwing down backstage at the UFC’s Apex facility.
Footage released by the UFC showed security keeping McGregor apart from Dos Anjos and his team.
A fired-up McGregor, who looked dehydrated, repeatedly called RDA a ‘rat’ as he was ushered away to another section of the Apex.
As he was being led out, The Notorious said: “You bottled it, mate. You bottled it with a sore f***ing toe.
“Don’t you ever forget it, you little rat.”
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Conor McGregor repeatedly called Rafael dos Anjos ‘a rat’ as he was led away by security[/caption]
Former lightweight champion Dos Anjos didn’t take kindly to McGregor’s actions[/caption]
UFC vet Dos Anjos fumed as McGregor berated him, pointing his face at the Irishman and responding with his own verbal barrage.
And the former 155lb king was more than happy to throw down with the Dubliner right there and then.
He said: “Whenever he wants [it], whenever. We can fight here. I don’t f***ing care.”
According to Dos Anjos, the scuffle started after McGregor attempted to ‘sneak behind’ him and ‘size’ him up.
He said: “[He] tries to sneak behind me and size me up. F**k you.”
Dos Anjos then took to Twitter to hit out at his rival, writing: “Conor you’re such a snake, sneaking from behind and playing tough.
“Soon or later we will finish business. I’m not like the guys you play around with.”
Fan favourite Dos Anjos has had two mega-money match-ups with McGregor slip through his hands.
The Brazilian was due to defend the lightweight crown against Mystic Mac in a champion-versus-champion bout in March 2016 but was forced to withdraw from the contest with a broken foot.
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And the pair were on course to take part in a shock interim welterweight title fight in May 2018, that was until McGregor’s infamous rampage at the UFC 223 media day in Brooklyn scuppered those plans.
McGregor, Ireland’s first and only UFC champion, will bid to get back into the win column in his Sin City series decider with Poirier tomorrow morning.
The pride of Dublin was knocked out in the second round of the pair’s January rematch in Abu Dhabi and has vowed to return the favour in their blockbuster rubber match.
Speaking after the UFC 264 ceremonial weigh-ins, McGregor said: “In 16 hours time, this man is going to learn that when you disrespect a person’s kindness and take it as a weakness, you must pay.
“Tomorrow night, I’m gonna make this man pay with his life — and I mean it.
“You’re dead in that octagon tomorrow night.”