Reigning UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos has gone on a tear in recent years, and will look to make the second defense of his 155-pound strap against Eddie Alvarez this Thursday (July 7, 2016) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The lightweight division has never been too forgiving towards its champions, and as the first Brazilian 155-pound title holder, dos Anjos has his eyes set on securing the most title defenses in divisional history:
“I’m looking to make history. Right now, I already made history because I’m the first Brazilian champion (at lightweight), first non-American. Now I’m looking forward to having the most title defenses. One more title defense and a lot more still to come,” dos Anjos told FOX Sports.
Dos Anjos will look to take the next step in his title reign when he faces off with the tough and gritty Alvarez later this week. The Philadelphia-born challenger has compiled back-to-back victories over the likes of Gilbert Melendez and Anthony Pettis, but dos Anos, who’s coming off of a 66-second demolition of Donald Cerrone, remains confident:
“I have confidence on it. I know I’ve got heavy hands and I think it will not be fun for him to come into this kind of fight with me,” dos Anjos said. “As you can see, he just knows how to fight like that. He gets hit a lot and he doesn’t like to get hit. Actually nobody likes that, I don’t like it either. I’m so confident in my hands, in my jiu-jitsu, in my wresting, I feel like I have 25 minutes to finish this fight.
“I’m an aggressive fighter, but I’m smart. I’m not going to play stupid. I’m going to go there like I did with Cerrone. I knew I had 25 minutes to win the fight, but I’m smart enough to see the gaps and see the opportunity to finish the fight.”
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