Rafael dos Anjos
|Rafael dos Anjos|
|Born||October 26, 1984|
Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Division||Lightweight (2004-2016) |
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai|
|Fighting out of||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
Kings MMA (Formerly)
|Rank||3rd degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Aldo "Caveirinha" Januário |
Black belt in Muay Thai under Rafael Cordeiro
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Rafael Souza dos Anjos (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁafaˈew duz ˈɐ̃ʒus]; born October 26, 1984) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's welterweight division and is the former UFC Lightweight Champion. As of July 26, 2018, he is #3 in the official UFC welterweight rankings.
Dos Anjos trains out of Evolve MMA in Singapore and at Team RDA in California; he formerly trained at Kings MMA but left after losing to Eddie Alvarez. He is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Aldo "Caveirinha" Januário. 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 (x2), and Nate Diaz.
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. According to dos Anjos, he stopped fighting on the streets when he began training jiu jitsu.
Mixed martial arts career
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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. Dos Anjos got a much-needed win by unanimous decision.
Dos Anjos faced Clay Guida on August 7, 2010 at UFC 117. 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.
Dos Anjos next faced George Sotiropoulos on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132 after replacing an injured Evan Dunham. Dos Anjos showcased his vastly improved striking skills, knocking out Sotiropoulos cold in the first round with a right hand.
Dos Anjos faced Kamal Shalorus on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier. 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. He won the fight via unanimous decision, dominating Njokuani both in striking and grappling.
Dos Anjos next faced Evan Dunham on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. 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.
Dos Anjos 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. Dos Anjos instead faced Khabib Nurmagomedov on April 19, 2014 at UFC on Fox 11. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Dos Anjos headlined UFC Fight Night 49 against Benson Henderson on August 23, 2014. He won the fight via knockout in the first round after dropping Henderson with a flying knee and rendering him unconscious with a follow-up left hook. The win also earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus award and made him the only man to stop Henderson by strikes.
Dos Anjos faced Nate Diaz on December 13, 2014 at UFC on Fox 13. 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
Dos Anjos faced Anthony Pettis for the UFC Lightweight Championship on March 14, 2015 at UFC 185. Dos Anjos won the bout via unanimous decision in a dominant fashion, earning him the UFC Lightweight Championship. After the fight, dos Anjos revealed that he had torn his MCL only a few weeks before the bout. The win once again earned him a Performance of the Night bonus award.
For his first title defense, dos Anjos faced Donald Cerrone in the main event at UFC on Fox 17 on December 19, 2015. He won the fight via TKO at just 66 seconds into the first round, resulting in the fastest finish in UFC Lightweight title history. The win also earned dos Anjos his third Performance of the Night bonus award.
Dos Anjos was expected to face Conor McGregor on March 5, 2016 at UFC 196 for his second title defense of the lightweight belt. However, it was announced on February 23 that dos Anjos had been forced out of the fight after breaking his foot during training.
In his second title defense, dos Anjos faced Eddie Alvarez on July 7, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 90. Despite closing as a three-to-one favorite to win the fight, he lost the bout via TKO in the first round. Reports arose after the Alvarez fight that dos Anjos had passed out for three minutes moments before going out to fight, and that this was due to the effects of the gruelling weight cut.
Dos Anjos next faced Tony Ferguson on November 5, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance.
Move up to welterweight
Dos Anjos faced Tarec Saffiedine, former Strikeforce title holder, in a welterweight bout on June 17, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia. He won the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Dos Anjos faced Neil Magny on September 9, 2017 at UFC 215. He won the fight via arm-triangle choke submission in the first round. This win also earned dos Anjos his fourth Performance of the Night bonus award.
In a title eliminator, Dos Anjos faced Robbie Lawler on December 16, 2017 in the main event at UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos. Dos Anjos' fight plan relied heavily on low leg kicks and constant combos consisting of body shots and leg kicks. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
Dos Anjos is known for his aggressive, high-volume striking, physical strength and strong takedown capabilities. He will often come out aggressively in a Muay Thai stance, then use feints and kicks to back his opponent against the cage while swarming them with flurries of punches as well as takedowns. He is particularly noted for his left kick to the body and right hook to the head; he uses these strikes to limit his opponent's lateral movement as they attempt to get their backs away from the fence. Under trainer Jason Perillo, dos Anjos developed a refined boxing game in 2017. On the ground he is noted for his powerful ground-and-pound, which includes punches and sharp elbow strikes. In addition to his striking, Dos Anjos is a high-level black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
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. Dr. Johnny Benjamin has disagreed with dos Anjos, pointing out that the titanium plate in his jaw is measured in millimeters. Dos Anjos is a Christian.
Championships and achievements
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight Matrix
- Lineal MMA Lightweight Champion (One time, Former)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|38 matches||28 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||28–10||Colby Covington||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 225||June 9, 2018||5||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States||For the interim UFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||28–9||Robbie Lawler||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos||December 16, 2017||5||5:00||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Win||27–9||Neil Magny||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC 215||September 9, 2017||1||3:43||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||26–9||Tarec Saffiedine||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia||June 17, 2017||3||5:00||Kallang, Singapore||Welterweight debut.|
|Loss||25–9||Tony Ferguson||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale: dos Anjos vs. Ferguson||November 5, 2016||5||5:00||Mexico City, Mexico||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||25–8||Eddie Alvarez||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez||July 7, 2016||1||3:49||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost the UFC Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||25–7||Donald Cerrone||TKO (body kick and punches)||UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2||December 19, 2015||1||1:06||Orlando, Florida, United States||Defended the UFC Lightweight Championship. Performance of the Night.|
|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||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||8–2||Danilo Cherman||Submission (kimura)||Fury FC 4 - High Voltage||August 4, 2007||2||3:38||Teresópolis, Brazil|
|Win||7–2||Maurício 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||Belo Horizonte, 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||João Paulo Almeida||Decision (unanimous)||Arena - BH||October 9, 2004||3||5:00||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
|Loss||0–1||Adriano Abu||Decision (split)||Juiz de Fora - Fight 1||September 25, 2004||3||5:00||Juiz de Fora, Brazil|
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|Awards and achievements|
| 7th UFC Lightweight Champion
March 14, 2015 – July 7, 2016