Rafael dos Anjos is the man of the moment after his latest dominant win in UFC when easing past ex-champ Robbie Lawler in the UFC on Fox 26 headliner on Saturday night.
Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada was the venue for an entertaining night of UFC, with dos Anjos further enhancing his credentials for a title shot.
It’s something he has been promised by UFC boss Dana White and dos Anjos is hoping the top dog in the business stays true to his word.
White previously explained that whoever won Saturday night’s headliner would get a title shot and the usually reserved dos Anjos is challenging UFC’s head honcho to follow through with his plans.
“I’m not a guy that talks so much to try and get a title shot, because I’m talking bad about people, cursing people,” dos Anjos told MMAjunkie after his win on Fox. “I just go and do a great performance like I did tonight. I hope so. Dana White said that (the winner would get a title shot), and that’s what I hope.”
Back in October it was determined by White that the winner would get the next shot at UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley.
“Rafael dos Anjos just had a great win to get himself back into contention and a win over Robbie Lawler obviously would do it,” White explained at the time.
For his part, dos Anjos believes he has the skills to derail Woodley. Whilst others have struggled tremendously against the UFC champion, dos Anjos is not afraid.
“I think with me, he’s got to worry about everywhere. He’s going to have a lot of things to worry about. I had to tell him face to face – I’m not interested in his Gucci belt. I want the UFC belt,” dos Anjos, who spoke to Woodley post-fight on Saturday, explained.
The big issue currently halting a potential dos Anjos vs Woodley fight, though, is the latter’s struggles with injury. UFC’s Welterweight division is currently in a state of flux after the decision from Woodley to undergo surgery on his shoulder.
The problem was an ongoing one which Woodley was going to sort out eventually but he’s chosen now as the opportune time to get fixed, citing a lack of alluring match-ups in the division for taking some time out.
Dos Anjos will have to wait patiently for his chance and no doubt he will be.
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