No.8: Eddie Alvarez vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Heading into his latest title defense against Eddie Alvarez, UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos was riding an incredible wave of momentum.
While he’d once been considered just a mid-tier 155lb’er, RDA had developed into a monster, compiling a 10-1 run that had included unexpectedly one-sided victories against some of the dvision’s top talents like Ben Henderson, Nate Diaz, Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone.
On the other hand, former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez had lost his first UFC fight against Cerrone and then narrowly emerged with split decision victories against Gilbert Melendez and Anthony Pettis, so while he was still considered a threat, he was widely considered to be the underdog.
As fate would have it though, UFC Fight Night 90 in July would prove to be ‘The Underground King’s’ time to shine as he rocked Dos Anjos with a counter right hand mid-way through the opening round, then teed off on the champion against the cage until the referee stepped in to put the battered RDA out of his misery and crown Alvarez the new lightweight champion.