The mixed martial arts gods have claimed another victim.

On Monday morning, it was revealed lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos had suffered a broken foot, forcing him to withdraw from his superfight against featherweight champ Conor McGregor at UFC 196.

McGregor (18-2) was last scene scoring a blistering 13-second knockout over former champion and pound-for-pound best Jose Aldo, snapping the Brazilian’s 15 fight win streak while earning the undisputed featherweight title in the process.

Prior to this record setting performance, the man known as “Notorious” earned the interim featherweight title with a second round TKO over Chad Mendes at UFC 189.  The brash talking Irishman has not tasted defeat since 2010 while earning 18 stoppage wins, including 17 by way of knockout.

Dos Anjos (23-7) was coming off his own first round stoppage win in the form of a 66-second TKO over Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 17 in December. Prior to this win, fans saw the Brazilian crowned the lightweight champion with following his 25-minute dismantling of former champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 185.

The Kings MMA product earned his shot at the title with a dominant decision win over Nate Diaz . Prior to this win, the champion walked away with back-to-back knockouts over Jason High and former champion Benson Henderson. He will enter this bout with 12 career stoppage wins, including eight by submission, and a UFC record of 12-5.

There is currently no word whether the UFC will find McGregor an new opponent. However, the women’s bantamweight fight between reigning champion Holly Holm and former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate is expected to stay on the card.

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