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Friday, Dec 12, 2014

UFC on FOX 13: Rafael dos Anjos Makes Case For Title Shot

Rafael dos Anjos (photo via UFC.com)

By FCF Staff

Rafael dos Anjos will battle Nate Diaz tomorrow night at UFC on FOX 13, and the lightweight contender believes a victory should secure him a fight with champion Anthony Pettis.

Dos Anjos has certainly impressed in recent years, as the well rounded fighter has gone 7-1 since 2011 and is currently ranked #3. The 30 year-old’s only setback came against Khabib Nurmagomedov, who decisioned dos Anjos back in April.

Although the #1 contender has also been campaigning for a title shot, following a knee injury that sidelined him for the remainder of 2014, dos Anjos recently told UFC.com the following:

“He’s before me, but he’s out,” dos Anjos said while referring to Nurmagomedov. “He has an injury, so I think after I beat Nate Diaz, I deserve a title shot. I’ve been in the UFC for six years and I have 17 fights – I changed my whole life because of UFC, because of my fights, because I trust my talents.”

Most recently, dos Anjos took out former champ Benson Henderson in the first round, and moved his overall record to 22-7.

“Every day, I feel that I’m getting better. I just turned 30 years old, so I still have six or seven more years of my career…I want to be the best and I think I will still improve. You guys haven’t seen the best Rafael yet. I still have a lot of things to get better at and I think after this fight, I deserve a title shot.”

UFC on FOX 13 will be hosted by the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

posted by FCF Staff @ 12:07 pm
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