UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos is still looking to prove himself the most dominant 155-pounder on the planet. Having defeated Donald Cerrone in his first title defense at the tail end of 2015, he now has his sights set on Eddie Alvarez on a Fight Night card just two days before UFC 200. The Brazilian has plenty of contenders to worry about at lightweight, especially Khabib Nurmagomedov who defeated dos Anjos back in 2014. The dialogue between the two rivals was reignited when ‘The Eagle’ made a successful return against Darrell Horcher, but threats from other divisions are ever present.
Super fights in the UFC have become more of a pipe dream than an actuality during the promotion’s history, with only a select few ever coming to fruition. Very rarely do we see two titles on the line, but we did nearly see Conor McGregor attempt to make himself the first dual weight champion in the UFC. Fighters such as Randy Couture and BJ Penn had won belts in consecutive divisions, but never at the same time. The mark that would be left by such an unparalleled achievement are unfathomable, but surely the first man or woman to etch their names on to that coveted page of MMA history would rocket up everyone’s list of the ‘Greatest of all time.’
Rafael dos Anjos was the man that ‘The Notorious’ would have challenged for the 155-pound strap, until ‘RDA’ was forced off the UFC 196 card injured and replaced by Nate Diaz. The subsequent submission loss to Diaz scratched McGregor from any immediate plans for a two weight championship reign, but the talk of super fights is not done yet.
Look one weight division above dos Anjos, and you have one of the most exciting UFC fighters, let alone champs, on the promotion’s roster. Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler has become a mixed martial arts icon with his thrilling UFC fights and subsequent rise to the top of the 170-pound division.
‘RDA’ is no stranger to this fact, and has made it obvious he wants to fight ‘Ruthless’ in the near future…