Rafael dos Anjos

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Rafael dos Anjos
Rafael-dos-Anjos UFC.jpg
Born (1984-10-26) October 26, 1984 (age 30)
Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil[1]
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 71 in (180 cm)[2]
Fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Team Kings MMA
Evolve MMA
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Aldo "Caveirinha" Januário[3]
Mixed martial arts record
Total 31
Wins 24
By knockout 4
By submission 8
By decision 12
Losses 7
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 5
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Rafael Souza dos Anjos[4] (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁafaˈew duz ˈɐ̃ʒus]; born October 26, 1984) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and the current UFC Lightweight Champion. Dos Anjos trains out of both Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, California and Evolve MMA in Singapore. He is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Aldo "Caveirinha" Januário.[3] Since 2009, he has trained in Muay Thai under the tutelage of the team at Evolve MMA under Kru Chatri Sityodtong.[5]

Early life[edit]

Dos Anjos stated that he was a troubled child, getting into fights in his hometown Niterói.[6] He originally started training Brazilian jiu jitsu under Daniel Matheus at age of nine.[6] According to dos Anjos, he stopped fighting on the streets when he began training jiu jitsu.[6]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

The majority of dos Anjos' early career took place in his native country of Brazil. He would start off his career with a record of 2-2, with both losses coming by way of split decision. Dos Anjos would then rack 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.[7]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Dos Anjos made his UFC debut at UFC 91, losing to Jeremy Stephens. The fight was stopped in the third round after a vicious uppercut knocked out dos Anjos.

For his second UFC fight, dos Anjos was next given Tyson Griffin at UFC Fight Night 18. The fight was a back and forth battle that showcased heart, skill, and technique from both fighters but ended in a unanimous decision loss for dos Anjos. The bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors.

Dos Anjos was scheduled to fight Matt Wiman on September 19, 2009 at UFC 103, but due to a knee injury suffered by Wiman, he instead faced Rob Emerson.[8] Dos Anjos got a much-needed win by unanimous decision.

Dos Anjos then defeated Kyle Bradley via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 20.[9]

At UFC 112, dos Anjos defeated Terry Etim via second round armbar submission, earning him Submission of the Night honors.[10]

Dos Anjos faced Clay Guida on August 7, 2010 at UFC 117.[11] Guida appeared to injure the jaw of dos Anjos in the first round with a hook and would go on to defeat dos Anjos by submission (jaw injury) after dos Anjos tapped from the pressure being applied to his jaw while Guida had arm-and-head control.[12]

Dos Anjos next faced George Sotiropoulos on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132 after replacing an injured Evan Dunham.[13] Dos Anjos showcased his vastly improved striking skills, knocking out Sotiropoulos cold in the first round with a right hand.

Dos Anjos faced Gleison Tibau on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139.[14] He was defeated by split decision.

Dos Anjos faced Kamal Shalorus on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier.[15] After dropping Shalorus with a head kick, dos Anjos submitted him via rear-naked choke in the first round.

After taking virtually no damage in the fight against Shalorus, dos Anjos quickly returned to face Anthony Njokuani on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman, replacing an injured Paul Taylor.[16] He won the fight via unanimous decision, dominating Njokuani both in striking and grappling.

Dos Anjos faced Mark Bocek on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154.[17] He won the fight via unanimous decision, once again having the edge in both standup and ground fighting.

Dos Anjos next faced Evan Dunham on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8.[18] He won the fight via unanimous decision. However there was some controversy, as 10 out of 10 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Dunham.[19]

Dos Anjos faced Donald Cerrone on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27.[20] Dos Anjos won via unanimous decision.

Dos Anjos was expected to face Rustam Khabilov on February 22, 2014 at UFC 170.[21] However, the bout was scrapped in the weeks leading up to the event. Dos Anjos instead faced Khabib Nurmagomedov on April 19, 2014 at UFC on Fox 11.[22] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Dos Anjos faced Jason High on June 7, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 42.[23] He won the fight via TKO due to punches in the second round.

Dos Anjos headlined UFC Fight Night 49 against Benson Henderson on August 23, 2014.[24] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[25][26] The win also earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus award and holds the distinction of being the first and only man to stop Benson Henderson by strikes. [27]

Dos Anjos faced Nate Diaz on December 13, 2014 at UFC on Fox 13.[28] He won the fight by unanimous decision. He dominated the first two rounds with superior striking and vicious leg kicks with the third round being controlled by Dos Anjos on the mat.

UFC Lightweight Championship[edit]

Dos Anjos faced Anthony Pettis for the UFC Lightweight Championship on March 14, 2015 at UFC 185.[29] Dos Anjos won the bout via unanimous decision in a dominant fashion, earning him the UFC Lightweight Championship. This was much to the surprise of many MMA pundits and described by some as Dillashaw-Barao-esque. After the fight, dos Anjos revealed that he had torn his MCL only a few weeks before the bout. He is the first Brazilian to hold the UFC Lightweight title.[30] The win once again earned him a Performance of the Night bonus award.[31]

Dos Anjos is expected to face the winner of the bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Donald Cerrone for his first title defense.[32]

Personal life[edit]

After receiving a broken jaw in the Guida fight, dos Anjos now has a titanium-fused jaw that he claims has broken some hands of later opponents.[33] Dr. Johnny Benjamin has disagreed with dos Anjos, pointing out that the titanium plate in his jaw is measured in millimeters.[34] Dos Anjos has a son as well as a stepson.[35]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 24–7 Anthony Pettis Decision (unanimous) UFC 185 March 14, 2015 5 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States Won the UFC Lightweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 23–7 Nate Diaz Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic December 13, 2014 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Catchweight (160.6 lbs) bout; Diaz missed weight.
Win 22–7 Benson Henderson KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. dos Anjos August 23, 2014 1 2:32 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 21–7 Jason High TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov June 7, 2014 2 3:36 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Loss 20–7 Khabib Nurmagomedov Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne April 19, 2014 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 20–6 Donald Cerrone Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 August 28, 2013 3 5:00 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 19–6 Evan Dunham Decision (unanimous) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold May 18, 2013 3 5:00 Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil
Win 18–6 Mark Bocek Decision (unanimous) UFC 154 November 17, 2012 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 17–6 Anthony Njokuani Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman July 11, 2012 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 16–6 Kamal Shalorus Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier May 15, 2012 1 1:40 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Loss 15–6 Gleison Tibau Decision (split) UFC 139 November 19, 2011 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 15–5 George Sotiropoulos KO (punch) UFC 132 July 2, 2011 1 0:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 14–5 Clay Guida Submission (jaw injury) UFC 117 August 7, 2010 3 1:51 Oakland, California, United States
Win 14–4 Terry Etim Submission (armbar) UFC 112 April 10, 2010 2 4:30 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Submission of the Night.
Win 13–4 Kyle Bradley Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs. Diaz January 11, 2010 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Win 12–4 Rob Emerson Decision (unanimous) UFC 103 September 19, 2009 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Loss 11–4 Tyson Griffin Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann April 1, 2009 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 11–3 Jeremy Stephens KO (punches) UFC 91 November 15, 2008 3 0:39 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–2 Takafumi Otsuka Decision (split) Fury FC 6 - High Voltage July 12, 2008 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 10–2 Takaichi Hirayama Submission (armbar) Pancrase - Shining 5 June 1, 2008 1 1:25 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–2 Gabriel Veiga Decision (unanimous) Fury FC 5 - Final Conflict December 6, 2007 3 5:00 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Win 8–2 Danilo Cherman Submission (kimura) Fury FC 4 - High Voltage August 4, 2007 2 3:38 Teresopolis, Brazil
Win 7–2 Mauricio Souza Submission (rear-naked choke) XFC - Brazil April 29, 2007 1 6:24 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 6–2 Thiago Minu Submission (rear-naked choke) XFC - Brazil April 29, 2007 1 7:28 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 5–2 Johil de Oliveira Submission (rear-naked choke) Juiz de Fora - Fight 4 April 7, 2007 1 2:50 Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Win 4–2 Mateus Trindade Decision (unanimous) Shooto - Brazil 11 March 24, 2007 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 3–2 Diogo Oliveira Submission (armbar) TFMMA - Top Fighter MMA 2 October 25, 2006 2 N/A Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 2–2 Jorge Britto Decision (split) Arena - BH Combat June 4, 2005 3 5:00 Minas Gerais, Brazil
Win 2–1 Felipe Arinelli TKO (doctor stoppage) Juiz de Fora - Fight 2 April 26, 2005 2 N/A Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Win 1–1 Joao Paulo Almeida Decision (unanimous) Arena - BH October 9, 2004 3 5:00 Minas Gerais, Brazil
Loss 0–1 Adriano Abu Decision (split) Juiz de Fora - Fight 1 September 25, 2004 3 5:00 Juiz de Fora, Brazil

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rafael dos Anjos' profile". Tapology.com. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 185 Pettis vs. Dos Anjos". UFC.com. Retrieved March 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Rafael dos Anjos". BJJ Heroes: the jiu jitsu encyclopedia. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/2011%20Results%20Web/07-02-11%20MMA.pdf
  5. ^ |url=http://www.evolve-mma.com
  6. ^ a b c Road to the Octagon: Junior Dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic. Zuffa. Dec 8, 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-08. Road to the Octagon: Junior Dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic 
  7. ^ "Rafael dos Anjos MMA Record". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  8. ^ Morgan, John (2009-07-24). "Injury forces Matt Wiman out of UFC 103, Rob Emerson expected to face Rafael dos Anjos". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  9. ^ "UFC Fight Night 20 recap". mmajunkie. January 12, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Etim v. dos Anjos at UFC 112". fightersonlymagazine.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  11. ^ "Clay Guida vs. Rafael dos Anjos Set for UFC 117 on August 7 in Oakland". mmafrenzy.com. 2010-05-10. 
  12. ^ "UFC 117 main card recap, miracle submission saves champ Anderson Silva". mmajunkie.com. August 7, 2010. 
  13. ^ "George Sotiropoulos to fight Brazilian star Rafael dos Anjos". heraldsun.com.au. 3 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "UFC 139 confirmed for San Jose, adds Rafael dos Anjos vs. Gleison Tibau". mmajunkie.com. 16 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier". ufc.com. March 12, 2012. 
  16. ^ Martin, Damon (May 22, 2012). "Paul Taylor Out of UFC on Fuel 4". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Mark Bocek vs. Rafael dos Anjos added to UFC 154 in Montreal". mmajunkie.com. August 23, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Evan Dunham vs. Rafael dos Anjos added to UFC on FX 8". mmajunkie.com. February 26, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Rafael dos Anjos defeats Evan Dunham". mmadecisions.com. May 18, 2013. 
  20. ^ Staff (June 5, 2013). "Donald Cerrone vs. Rafael dos Anjos co-headlines UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 in Indy". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  21. ^ Jesse Holland (December 3, 2013). "Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rustam Khabilov in the works for UFC 170 on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas". mmamania.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  22. ^ Matt Erickson (February 5, 2014). "Khabilov-dos Anjos off UFC 170; dos Anjos meets Nurmagomedov at UFC on FOX 11". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  23. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-04-30). "Rafael dos Anjos vs. Jason High set for UFC Fight Night 42 in Albuquerque". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  24. ^ Ryan Grab (2014-06-17). "UFC in Tulsa main event announced". tulsaworld.com. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  25. ^ http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2014/8/24/6061825/ufc-fight-night-tulsa-results-rafael-dos-anjos-kos-benson-henderson-mma-news
  26. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/events/UFC-Fight-Night-Henderson-vs-dos-Anjos-37361
  27. ^ Staff (2014-08-24). "UFC Fight Night 49 bonuses: Four fighters get $50,000 'Performance' awards". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  28. ^ Dave Doyle (2014-09-23). "Nate Diaz ends holdout, meets Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on Fox 13". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-09-23. 
  29. ^ Staff (2015-01-03). "Champ Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos headlines UFC 185 in Dallas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-01-03. 
  30. ^ Brandon Wise (2015-03-15). "Rafael dos Anjos defeats Anthony Pettis to claim UFC lightweight title". cbssports.com. Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  31. ^ Matt Erickson (2015-03-15). "UFC 185 bonuses: Who joined the two new champs with $50,000 checks?". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  32. ^ Steven Marrocco & John Morgan (2015-03-15). "White: Rafael dos Anjos injured, but likely to meet Cerrone-Nurmagomedov winner". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  33. ^ http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2013/8/28/4668148/ufc-fight-night-27-rafael-dos-anjos-titanium-jaw-interview
  34. ^ Folkes, Ben. "Twitter Mailbag: Can Dos Anjos' jaw really break hands? Is UFC 185 worth the trip?". www.mmajunkie.com. USA Today. Retrieved 15/03//15.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  35. ^ "Redemption is the Name of The Game for dos Anjos". UFC.com. 2009-03-17. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 

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Preceded by
Anthony Pettis
7th UFC Lightweight Champion
March 14, 2015 - present