Rafael dos Anjos

RDA

Brazil

Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 12/1/2021
Out of fight with injury
LightweightUFC
Out
September 26, 2021
Dos Anjos suffered an injury and will no longer fight on Oct. 30 against Islam Makhachev, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This fight has now fallen apart a few times now. It's unclear what the injury is to Dos Anjos, but it was serious according to some Twitter comments he made. The UFC will likely look for a replacement to keep Makhachev on the UFC 267 card on Oct. 30.
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Taking on Makhachev in Abu Dhabi
LightweightUFC
Out
August 3, 2021
Dos Anjos (31-13-0) is scheduled to face Islam Makhachev (20-1-0) in a lightweight bout Oct. 30 at UFC 267 in Abu Dhabi, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
A former lightweight belt title holder, dos Anjos fought as a welterweight for the better part of three years before returning to the 155-pound division last November. The 36-year-old was able to score a split-decision, five-round win over Paul Felder, and he'll now get a crack at one of the division's rising stars in Makhachev, who is in the midst of an eight-fight winning streak.
Smothers Paul Felder in win
LightweightUFC
Out
November 14, 2020
Dos Anjos defeated Paul Felder via split decision (50-45, 47-48, 50-45) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Disregard the "split decision" term. RDA won this fight and did so going away. Felder's toughness was on display throughout the course of the 25-minute bout but dos Anjos, led by his grappling, was in firm control all night. The fight was essentially even when the two men engaged in striking exchanges but RDA did an excellent job of forcing Felder to defend along the fence. He may not have landed all of his takedown attempts but the constant threat of the shot was enough to alter Felder's game plan. RDA was always miscast at welterweight but he's a former UFC Lightweight Champion and there's no reason to believe the Brazilian can't continue to have success now that he has dropped back down to 155 pounds. Dos Anjos needs to try to get back into the octagon sooner rather than later given the fact he turned 36 years of age late last month.
Now facing Paul Felder
LightweightUFC
Out
November 9, 2020
Dos Anjos will now face Paul Felder in a lightweight matchup to headline UFC Vegas 14 on Saturday, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Felder steps in on just five days' notice for a five-round fight, replacing Islam Makhachev, who withdrew Sunday due to a staph infection. The veteran won't be an easy opponent for dos Anjos, who's looking to return to the win column in his return to the lightweight division after losing four of his last five fights as a welterweight.
Needs new opponent
LightweightUFC
Out
November 8, 2020
Dos Anjos is in need of a new opponent for UFC Fight Night on Nov. 14 after Islam Makhachev (undisclosed) withdrew from the matchup, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Dos Anjos and Makhachev were initially scheduled to face off in late October, but the fight was pushed back after dos Anjos tested positive for COVID-19. Makhachev was forced to withdraw from the Nov. 14 matchup for an undisclosed reason, although the promotion is searching for a new opponent for dos Anjos with just under a week remaining before the event.
Makhachev bout rescheduled
LightweightUFC
Out
October 20, 2020
Dos Anjos's lightweight bout against Islam Makhachev has been rescheduled to Nov. 14 in Las Vegas, MMA DNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Dos Anjos had to back out of the original date of Oct. 24 due to a positive COVID-19 test. The UFC moved it back three weeks and this bout should be all set, though it's not known at this point if it will be the headliner. This is the final fight of Dos Anjos' current contract.