Rafael dos Anjos says he’s “the trickiest guy” for Charles Oliveira
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, 36, is convinced he poses the biggest problems for defending champion Charles Oliveira.
Dos Anjos flirted with the UFC Welterweight title scene after losing the 155-pound crown. RDA (No.7) are realistic about their place on the lightweight ladder ahead of a crucial clash with Islam Makhachev (No.5) at UFC 267, which will take place inside the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Saturday October 30 via ESPN + pay-per-view (PPV).
“This is my last shot,” dos Anjos told Ag Fight (transcribed by Bloody Elbow). “I have to be realistic. I am not about to retire. I feel good, the training is going well and I have no joint injuries. I have 43 fights and I lost only one by KO. I don’t get knocked out in training, I have good defense, my chin is good. I still have a lot of time in my career. But I know that change (moving to Brazil to train at Nova Uniao) is about fighting for the title. I bet my chips it will work. My goal is to be the champion. This Makhachev fight, because of its hype and the fact that I’m a former champion who just got a win when he returned to the division, there is a title eliminator written all over it.
“Charles is having a good time in his career,” Rafael continued. “What’s cool about his career is all the ups and downs he’s been through. This is how champions are made. This is his moment, he is the champion. But when I look at the rankings I’m the hardest guy for him to go up against. Because of my hitting level, my jiu-jitsu and my pace. I’m focusing on Makhachev, but if I have a good win, which I know I’ll do because this fight doesn’t go the distance, I’ll be ready to see who is the best Brazilian lightweight ever.
Dos Anjos comes off a decisive victory over Paul Felder on November 14, 2020, but hasn’t won back-to-back fights since 2017. He’s only up to par against fighters at 170 and 155 in the past decade. . He has failed against Kamaru Usman, Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Michael Chiesa, Tony Ferguson, Eddie Alvarez, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Gleison Tibau since 2011. His wins in this streak include capturing the UFC Lightweight title over Anthony Pettis, as well as wins. on Felder, Kevin Lee, Robbie Lawler, Tarec Saffiedine, Donald Cerrone, Nate Diaz, Benson Henderson, Jason High, Donald Cerrone, Evan Dunham, Mark Bocek, Anthony Njokuani, Kamal Shalorus and George Sotiropoulos.
UFC 267 features a UFC Light Heavyweight title fight between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira, as well as a UFC Bantamweight title rematch between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan.
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