Rafael dos Anjos


Falls to 1-4 in last five
January 26, 2020
Dos Anjos lost to Michael Chiesa via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 28-29) in the co-main event of UFC Raleigh on Saturday.
While dos Anjos has seen flashes of success since moving up to welterweight, he's came up short against the division's elite and now sports a 4-4 mark since 2017. This was the third time he was taken down six or more times in a fight at welterweight, as despite some success on the feet, he was unable to overcome a distinct size disadvantage. Dos Anjos entered this fight as a sizable favorite of (-225), but this was a disappointing effort from a fantasy standpoint. He was credited with just 14 significant strikes and did not register any grappling points in the 15-minute affair. It's now back to the drawing board for the veteran after coming up short in four of his last five bouts.
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Will fight at UFC Raleigh
November 21, 2019
Dos Anjos will take on Michael Chiesa in a welterweight matchup at UFC Raleigh on Jan. 25, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Dos Anjos is coming off a loss to Leon Edwards via unanimous decision in UFC San Antonio in July that caused him to fall out of the top five fighters in the division and brought his record as a professional to 29-12. Chiesa carries a 16-4 record over his professional career and has elite size and skill. He most recently defeated Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision at UFC 239 in July. Chiesa carries height and reach advantages heading into the fight.
Doesn't have enough for Leon Edwards
July 20, 2019
Dos Anjos lost to Leon Edwards via unanimous decision (45-50, 46-49, 46-49) at UFC San Antonio on Saturday.
Dos Anjos started with low kicks early but it didn't work to his advantage, as Edwards saw an opening and took him down in the very first minute. RDA was able to get back to his feet around the 90-second mark but ate a kick on the way out. He continued going for leg kicks that were connecting, but he paid the price for it on multiple occasions. RDA held off the first takedown attempt from Edwards in the second round and continued to go after the legs before trying for a takedown of his own. He ate another left elbow from Edwards on the break that opened a cut under his right eye, but turned momentum back in his favor by executing a successful takedown. Edwards got back up and starting attacking the cut with his jab, busting it open even further. After a quick check from the doctor, the third round started with another hard leg kick from RDA, but it was Edwards getting the better of the striking exchanges. That pattern continued into the Championship Rounds, and while RDA had a couple brief moments, he likely entered the the final round down heavy on the scorecards. He had enough left in the tank to make several late charges, but Edwards avoided any serious damage and initiated clinches to eat up clock. This was mixed martial arts at its highest level, but dos Anjos appeared to run into a better athlete with a superior game plan in this one. He'll fall out of the top-5 after this loss, but should continue to see ranked opponents.
Pegged for UFC San Antonio main event
June 13, 2019
Dos Anjos will square off against Leon Edwards in the main event of UFC San Antonio on July 20, Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports reports.
Dos Anjos will give up four inches in reach and six inches in height, so he will likely look to keep the fight on the mat as much as possible. Dos Anjos holds an edge in takedowns per 15 minutes (2.02 to 1.33) and takedown accuracy (41 percent to 31 percent), but Edwards holds the advantage in takedown defense (67 percent to 59 percent) in what should be a fairly even match to finish off the card. Taking on an opponent like Edwards -- who is riding a seven-fight winning streak -- is one way for the veteran to accelerate his movement back into the title picture.
Taps out Kevin Lee in Rochester
May 18, 2019
Dos Anjos defeated Kevin Lee via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:47 of Round 4 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Rochester, New York.
RDA started slowly before finding his range. That, combined with Lee's poor cardio, led to the momentum turning. Dos Anjos struggled with the physicality of Lee in the early going, but he appeared to be biding his time and waiting for an opening. That's exactly what presented itself as the fight progressed. As soon as the opening for the arm-triangle presented itself, RDA quickly clamped it on and Lee was far too tired to offer any real resistance. When all was said and done, dos Anjos was credited with a 60 to 35 edge in significant strikes landed. He also landed 4-of-5 takedown attempts. RDA at age 34 and undersized for 170 pounds is probably best served returning to lightweight at this point in his career, but that doesn't appear to be an option for him moving forward. He would have been in a whole heap of trouble Saturday if Lee didn't gas out. The victory snaps a brief two-fight losing streak for the former UFC Lightweight Champion. After the fight, he said he plans to continue competing as long as he believes a title shot is within reach.
Booked for UFC Rochester
March 20, 2019
Dos Anjos is scheduled to fight Kevin Lee in a welterweight matchup at UFC Rochester on May 18, Damon Martin of MMAWeekly.com reports.
Both parties are looking to bounce back from their most recent losses, with dos Anjos having fallen in back-to-back fights to the likes of Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman. The former lightweight champion was experiencing quite a bit of success at the welterweight level before those two blunders, though, so it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see him take advantage of an opponent in Lee who is just making the switch to welterweight. Dos Anjos, as a former lightweight himself, will concede a pronounced reach advantage to Lee, who was always considered large for the 155-pound division. Lee has the edge in volume striking, but dos Anjos has better accuracy and defensive striking marks.