Rafael dos Anjos
Rafael Souza dos Anjos (born October 26, 1984) is a Brazilian-American professional mixed martial artist. He currently fights in the Welterweight and Lightweight divisions for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of November 16, 2020, he is #6 in the UFC lightweight rankings.
About Rafael dos Anjos in brief
Rafael Souza dos Anjos (born October 26, 1984) is a Brazilian-American professional mixed martial artist. He currently fights in the Welterweight and Lightweight divisions for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a former UFC Lightweight Champion. He holds notable victories over three former UFC champions: Robbie Lawler, Anthony Pettis, and Benson Henderson. Other notable victories include Neil Magny, Tarec Saffiedine, Donald Cerrone, Paul Felder, and Nate Diaz. As of November 16, 2020, he is #6 in the UFC lightweight rankings. In a 2014 interview, dos AnJos stated that he was a troubled child, getting into fights in his hometown Niterói, Rio de Janeiro. He originally started training Brazilian jiu jitsu under Daniel Matheus at age of nine. He stopped fighting on the streets when he began training jiu-jitsu. He would start off his career with a record of 2-2, with both losses coming by way of split decision. He then racked up 9 straight victories, which included 6 submissions.
His 11-2 record in regional circuits would be enough to get a call from the UFC. He made his UFC debut at UFC 91, losing to Jeremy Stephens. He next faced Evan Dunham on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. He won the fight via unanimous decision. In August, 2013, Dos An jos won the UFC Fight Night 42 fight against Benson Henderson via TKO due to punches in the second round. He lost the fight on June 11, 2014 against Jason Henderson due to a TKO in the third round. In April, 2014, he faced Khabib Nurmagomedov on April 19, 2014 on UFC on Fox 11. He was expected to face Rustam Khabilov on February 22, 2014 at UFC 170. However, the bout was scrapped in the weeks leading up to the event. He now faces Jason High on June 23, 2015 at UFC Fight night 49 against Jason High. The bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors. He has won his last three fights by knockout or submission.