UFC: Rafael Dos Anjos starts 2017 as a welterweight; determined to dethrone Tyron Woodley

Rafael Dos Anjos
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Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos revealed his plan to move up to the welterweight division after back-to-back losses at 155 pounds.

UFC 185 marked the start of the reign of Rafael Dos Anjos as the UFC lightweight champion after successfully defeating Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision. He made his first title defense at UFC on Fox 17, beating Donald Cerrone via TKO. Dos Anjos only needed 66 seconds to finish his opponent, making it the fastest finish in UFC Lightweight title history.

Dos Anjos agreed in a super fight against former featherweight champion Conor McGregor at UFC 196. Unfortunately, he pulled out from the fight after breaking his foot during training. Dos Anjos faced Eddie Alvarez for his second title defense at UFC Fight Night 90.

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Alvarez won the fight via TKO in the first round and crowned as the new UFC lightweight champion. Rafael Dos Anjos made his comeback fight at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale but failed after losing via unanimous decision against Tony Ferguson.


The unfortunate events that happened in 2016 made him decide to make a change. On his social media account, Dos Anjos announced that he’s planning to move up to the welterweight division.

 “I reached the top of the the toughest division in the UFC, made history by being the first Brazilian to become lightweight champion,” dos Anjos wrote on Facebook (translated by MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz). “It hasn’t been easy to make the weight and now I want to fight with my best and reach the top of the welterweight division. Making weight happy in 2017, being happy while getting a fight booked will make a big difference.

“And about going back to lightweight again… only for a super fight and big money.”

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The former UFC lightweight champion believes that he can do better at 170 pounds. With his goal to rise to the top, he must be eyeing to face the reigning welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley. However, Dos Anjos needs to improve his ranking in order to be considered for a title match.

So far, UFC is yet to announce Dos Anjos’ first opponent as a welterweight. MMA fans must be excited to see how RDA will perform in a higher division.

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