Rafael dos Anjos is the talk of the town at the moment in UFC after comfortably dispatching Robbie Lawler in a five-round unanimous decision victory on Saturday night.
The UFC fighter is now eyeing his next step up in the business, with boss Dana White already having said that the winner of the battle at the weekend would earn a title shot.
Dos Anjos for his part is doing everything he can to convince to White to stay true to his word and back up those claims.
But the next man in line is welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, who recently decided to undergo shoulder surgery and take some time out on the sidelines.
Woodley, though, could be dos Anjos’ next opponent in the Octagon ring when he gets back healthy, not that the current champion is all that too afraid of the potential challenger.
“In my opinion, what I saw tonight is that if any of those two guys in that bout would fight me, one of those guys is going to get knocked out,” Woodley, who watched the fight live, explained. “I saw the IQ wasn’t as high as I would like for a No. 1 contendership fight. Both of those guys are always talking about pushing the pace, and they were going to do this and they were going to do that. I saw a ton of openings for myself (in that fight).
“Obviously, I don’t want to steal the shine. RDA had a great moment, he went out there, he did his job. Robbie Lawler is a very dangerous opponent and he’s knocked out so many different people, but just being honest and keeping it 100 percent, I’m the champion for a reason.”
Dos Anjos, for his part, is hoping White holds up his end of the bargaining, while he believes he can cause Woodley some damage with his well-rounded skillset.
“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.”
On Woodley, dos Anjos added: “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, said.
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