Back at welterweight, Rafael dos Anjos points out ideal targets for a return to the Octagon

Close to turning 40, Rafael dos Anjos welcomes fights against Stephen Thompson and Kevin Holland

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Just over three months away from turning 40, Rafael dos Anjos He has no plans to hang up his gloves yet. On the contrary, the former lightweight champion (up to 70,3 kg), who recently announced a definitive move to welterweight (up to 77,1 kg), already has in mind the names he wants to face in his next fight.

In a recent appearance on the 'Submission Radio' podcast, Rafael dos Anjos cited the names of Stephen Thompson e Kevin holland as ideal and coherent for his next appearance in the UFC octagon.


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"I see Stephen Thompson, who has no fight scheduled. Kevin holland There is no fight scheduled either. These are good names that make sense to me”, pointed out the former champion.

In the UFC since 2008, Dos Anjos was lightweight champion in 2015, with a title defense. Between 2017 and 2020, the Brazilian acted exclusively as a welterweight (up to 77,1 kg) and even competed for the interim belt in the category, but ended up being defeated by Colby covington In this ocasion.


Recently, Rafael dos Anjos he had been alternating appearances in the lightweight and welterweight divisions, before opting to permanently move up to the 77 kg division. The Brazilian is going through a difficult time in the organization, with three defeats in the last four fights and coming from consecutive setbacks against his compatriot Vincent Luque and, more recently, Polish Mateusz gamrot.

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