It hasn’t taken Rafael dos Anjos long to get folks buzzing about him fighting for the welterweight title, as following his impressive win on Saturday, RDA’s delivered a warning to Tyron Woodley.
Dos Anjos took on Neil Magny on Saturday night, and submitted the rugged vet in the opening round with an arm-triangle-choke. The bout was RDA’s second since he returned to the welterweight division, as the former lightweight champ earned a UD win over Tarec Saffiedine in June.
Well, after the awe inspiring win, dos Anjos had this to say about fighting the welterweight champ Woodley (quote via MMA Junkie):
“This division’s wide open; all the top-five, top-six guys in this division have lost to the champion or to the last challenger, which was Demian Maia,” dos Anjos said. “(Stephen) Thompson lost twice to Woodley already. I’m the new blood in this division. I was getting ready to fight Woodley if Maia didn’t take the fight, but he ended up taking the fight. But I was getting ready for it, so here I am.”
“…One thing I can be sure, is we’re going to fight,” dos Anjos added. “I’m not going to let him walk around, and I’m going to make sure I push the pace. I’m not saying I will not use my strategy. Of course I will. But I will walk forward. I have confidence in me, in my cardio, and I’m going to make him work.”
There you have it. Now, although the UFC did have RDA as backup plan for UFC 214 (when Woodley fought and defeated Maia), one would think a title shot won’t be next for him. Although he is a former champ at 155, and promptly took out Magny, leading into UFC 215 dos Anjos was ranked #10 at 170. Magny, meanwhile, was #6.
So, barring Georges St-Pierre returning to the welterweight division, Robbie Lawler could be next for a title shot. Although, it’s worth noting that Woodley is dealing with a shoulder injury, so, a lot could happen before he’s ready to fight again.