10 Canceled Fights That Altered The Course Of MMA History

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Conor McGregor vs. Rafael dos Anjos

After winning the featherweight title with a 13 second KO victory against Jose Aldo, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor grabbed yet more headlines by revealing that he would now move up to fight for the lightweight title against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 197 (later renamed UFC 196).

It seemed like a risky move given that Dos Anjos was blasting through the best the 155lb weight class had to offer at the time, but we’ll never know what would have happened in that fight as the Brazilian champion was forced to pull out less than two weeks from the event due to a broken foot.

The fight cancellation would have a huge impact on both men’s careers.

Dos Anjos missed out on what would have been by far the biggest payday of his career, and to add insult to injury he’d then go on to lose his title in a much lower profile fight with Eddie Alvarez at UFC Fight Night 90 a few months later.

As for McGregor, he made a bold decision to move up to welterweight to fight Nate Diaz on just 10 days notice to remain the headline attraction at UFC 196, and suffered a shock submission defeat in the third round.

The McGregor Vs Diaz match-up had caught people’s imaginations though, which resulted in UFC 196 becoming the biggest pay-per-view of all time with 1.6 million buys, while a rematch between them at UFC 202 a few months later broke the record again to the tune of 1.7 million buys, making both fighters extremely wealthy in the process.