On August 25th, the former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos announced on Twitter that his last run at a title has ended and one last run as a legend is all that remains. At the age of 37 and coming off a loss to rising contender Rafael Fiziev via knockout, it looks as though another run at the title is seemingly impossible. Currently ranked 8th in the UFC Lightweight Division, Rafael Dos Anjos is not looking to take on any more rising contenders as his last opponents recently competed against: the aforementioned Rafael Fiziev, Michael Chiesa, Leon Edwards, Kamaru Usman, and Colby Covington.
Tweeting, “I have almost eight hours of octagon time…get me a veteran for a change!!”, Rafael Dos Anjos is now looking for fighters that motivate him and not fights to a title shot. Calling out the likes of Jim Miller and Jorge Masvidal or rematches with Tony Ferguson and Clay Guida. Floating between the lightweight and welterweight divisions, it looks like Dos Anjos is willing to compete at either weight. A member of the UFC roster since 2008, RDA has done it all and has been a company man since day one.
The list of potential opponents for the former Brazilian Champion can be quite extensive when looking at the landscape of either the lightweight or welterweight divisions as many of the long-running contenders are not “squatting” on their rankings hoping for a title opportunity. Other names such as Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and one-time rival Conor McGregor come to mind as other stars on the back end of their peaks.
Interestingly enough, once this tweet came out, rising contender Arman Tsarukyan, tweeted out that Dos Anjos actually denied a contract to fight him. “Since RDA turned down the fight with me, I expect to take his place in the rankings on next week update. If you don’t want to defend your ranking you should give up your spot.” RDA responded by saying he was never offered a fight against Tsarukyan and the tweet was never about him.
Dos Anjos has lost out on his “red panty night” on multiple occasions as a fight with the former “champ champ” has fizzled out. Originally scheduled at UFC 196 when RDA was the lightweight champion he broke his foot weeks before the fight when one Nathan Diaz filled in and the rest is history. Again up a division at welterweight, He and McGregor were supposed to face off for the interim belt in Brazil before legal issues caught up with “The Notorious” one. With both men in similar positions career-wise once again, RDA has been calling for this and hoping for the starts to finally align for him in his quest for the Irishman.
Looking Forward for RDA
Since this tweet came out, no official announcements or rumors for that matter have been made. Not getting the respect he deserved at times, Rafael Dos Anjos had gone through a who’s who of two of the toughest divisions in the UFC and faced off against some of the best fighters in history. The former champion has 20 wins in the UFC a top ten record, 32 total fights in the promotion, and as he mentioned before the second highest time in the octagon at seven hours and fifty-three minutes, only two minutes behind Frankie Edgar.
A surefire hall of famer when he finally calls it but be on the lookout for one last ride as Rafael Dos Anjos looks to entertain the fans one more time as he closes out his career. Let us know your comments below!