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Rafael dos Anjos never doubted he’d earned decision over Evan Dunham

Rafael dos Anjos never doubted he’d earned decision over Evan Dunham

A spirited scrap between lightweights Rafael dos Anjos and Evan Dunham at UFC on FX 8 was left tainted in the eyes of many based on a bit of questionable scoring. Though Dunham had seemingly done enough in the match-up to receive the nod, Dos Anjos ultimately walked away with the victory. While far from the worst decision in MMA history, the situation reminded fans of the inconsistency involved in judging and even prompted UFC President Dana White to declare Dunham had been robbed.

However, Dos Anjos never felt as though the win was in jeopardy.

“I was confident, because the takedown he got in the first round…I tried a kick, so I slipped a little bit. I won the second and third round, so I was confident,” said the 28-year old to Fuel TV in a conversation about the clash.

Regardless of the controversy, Dos Anjos’ performance marked his fourth successful showing in a row, adding to other recent wins over the likes of Mark Bocek and Anthony Njokuani. With a Top 10 opponent likely on tap for his next tilt, the 19-6 Brazilian is prepared for any challenge the UFC might throw his way.

“I’m ready to fight anyone. I’ve been training hard,” he assured his supporters.

The full interview with Dos Anjos can be seen below:

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I only caught the last round and a half, but dunham seemed to be putting it to him definitely at the end of rd 2

  • hindsightufuk says:

    it was too close to say either guy definitely won/lost it, i thought Evan might just get a split nod, but you can’t complain over a fight like that. both were game but neither really landed anything flush the entire fight. Evans punches seemed to have less snap than usual.
    maybe he’ll think twice before fighting oversees again

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I agree with Hindsight, i was rooting for Dos Anjos all the way but when the decision came out either way i couldnt complaine because it was to close. Dunham only outlanded Dos Anjos by 2 significant strikes, but was outlanded in the final two rounds, Dunham landed 90 total strikes to 86 for Dos Anjos. Tough fight to call either way.

  • Rich S. says:

    Dos Anos was landing all of his shots unblocked — good shots, too — but Dunham shook them off and fought the more effective fight, I thought.


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