Is Rafael Dos Anjos the UFC's true pound for pound king?

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Rafael Dos Anjos is the undisputed king of the UFC's lightweight division.

He absolutely dominated Anthony Pettis in the fight which won him the title and defended in the most convincing fashion against Donald Cerrone. 

However, as of March 31, 2016, he was ranked sixth in the UFC's pound for pound rankings. This does not reflect how good a calibre of fighter he is.


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The 'pound for pound king' is Jon Jones, who conveniently got himself arrested after violating probation conditions from the criminal chaos which saw him stripped of his title.

Once regarded as the potential greatest of all time, Jones has gone totally off the rails and is no longer the hero that he once was. 

Rafael Dos Anjos is a machine, in the words of Joe Rogan, who can do anything. If you want to stand up and box with him, he'll do that and do it successfully, as he showed against Donald Cerrone.

He has a wide array of grappling skills which were on show against a high calibre striker in Anthony Pettis. He also has some of the most destructive leg kicks in the UFC, which were shown in their full glory against Nate Diaz back in 2014.

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At a pound for pound level, Dos Anjos’ cardio, chin, technique and skill puts him way ahead of the fighters above him, such as Demetrious Johnson, or teammate Fabricio Werdum.

His potential fight with Conor McGregor fell through due to injury, but I, like many others, believe that McGregor would have been added to a long list of people Rafael Dos Anjos has dominated since his resurgence in MMA.

He’s won 10 of his 11 fights since 2012, with his only loss coming against unbeaten Russian, Khabib Nurmagomedov. This has included two dominating performances against Donald Cerrone, a domination of Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis, as well as the knockout of Benson Henderson.

Dos Anjos is a beast of a man and genuinely deserves to be ranked as pound for pound king.

He can beat any fighter in the world pound for pound, as well as beating anyone in his division. Whilst he may be 31, if recent performances are anything to go off, this is just the start of the Rafael Dos Anjos era.

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