Although Rafael dos Anjos has been ridiculously impressive lately, the UFC’s lightweight champ clearly believes not everyone is sold on his abilities.
As you know, RDA is coming off a masterful performance against Anthony Pettis in March, when he worked his way to a decisive win over the dynamic fighter, and secured the lightweight title. The victory was his fourth straight, and his ninth in ten fights.
The 30 year-old, who is recovering from a knee injury, recently appeared on “The MMA Road Show” podcast. While doing so, here is some of what dos Anjos had to say about his goals and status (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I want to prove everyone that I’m not a champion by luck,” dos Anjos said. “I work hard, and I want to prove to everyone that I’m a top-10 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. I just want to prove to everyone that I came to stay. I’m not here for one title defense. I came to stay.”
While it remains to be seen if dos Anjos can continue his reign as champ, no one should be saying he won the title through luck. After all, this is a man who has defeated former champ Benson Henderson, Donald Cerrone, Nate Diaz and Pettis.
Of course, since RDA was decisioned by Khabib Nurmagomedov last April, a lot of folks want to see if he could past “The Eagle” in a rematch. Up first, however, it looks like dos Anjos will have to defeat Cerrone for a second time, if he wants his reign to continue.
During the segment, dos Anjos also revealed that he might consider moving to welterweight, once he gets “older” and “tired” of cutting weight. That’s understandable no?
Dos Anjos has said that he hopes to be ready to return to action in late October or the beginning of November. It’s kind of hard to imagine the always busy Cerrone waiting until then.