Former UFC Champ Rafael dos Anjos seeks welterweight


After turning champion in the UFC’s lightweight division, the Brazilian mixed martial artist Rafael Dos Anjos wants to start fresh by entering Welterweight class following back-to-back losses at 155 pounds to close out 2016.

The 32-year-old made the announcement via Twitter about his intention to move on from 155-pound weight class to 170-pound class.

The Twitter message said –

“I reached the top of LW, it’s been a hard journey make weight every time, now I want to fight at my best, I have new goals, I’m moving to WW”

On Facebook dos Anjos said –

“It hasn’t been easy to make the weight and now I want to fight with my best and reach the top of the welterweight division. Making weight happy in 2017, being happy while getting a fight booked will make a big difference”

Anjos (25-9) remained a staple of the promotion’s lightweight division since 2008 and took home 14 wins during his UFC career.

Things weren’t in favour of dos Anjos, as the champion lost 4 of his first eight fights in the UFC Octagon. But things changed in 2012 as Anjos embarked on a stellar 10-1 run, which added great wins over Donald Cerrone, Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz. His career journey is a perfect example of moving from an “average fighter” to most complete fighters in MMA today.

“And about going back to lightweight again… only for a super fight and big money, dos Ajnos added.