Rafael Dos Anjos Targeting Three Opponents For Final Fight On UFC Deal, Hopes To Re-Sign

Dos AnjosFormer UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos has three names in mind for what could be his final fight for the promotion. Dos Anjos is currently on a two-fight losing streak following unanimous decision defeats to Leon Edwards and Michael Chiesa. And with just one fight remaining on his current contract, “RDA” is looking to […]

Dos Anjos

Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos has three names in mind for what could be his final fight for the promotion.

Dos Anjos is currently on a two-fight losing streak following unanimous decision defeats to Leon Edwards and Michael Chiesa. And with just one fight remaining on his current contract, “RDA” is looking to compete in June or July next.

That said, he also hopes to sign a new deal with the UFC, having fought for the promotion since 2008.

“I want to fight. I fought in January, so June or July would be good dates,” he told MMA Fighting. “I’m going for the last fight in my contract with the UFC, so we have to see if the UFC wants to re-sign me. It’s a bunch of things.

“… I’m in the UFC for many years, since 2008, and the UFC is a very solid company. I have a great relationship with Dana White, I have almost 30 fights in the organization, and I would like to re-sign with the UFC. That’s what I want, but it’s not only up to me, it’s up to them as well, if they want to re-sign me.”

Dos Anjos Has Three Names In Mind

As for who the Brazilian wants to fight next, there are three names he is targeting; Anthony Pettis, Stephen Thompson or Santiago Ponzinibbio. And given his current position, he feels those are fights that make sense.

“I thought about Pettis because he once said, after a victory, that he was interested in fighting me at 170,” Dos Anjos said. “Since he fought (Donald) Cerrone at welterweight, I think this could be the fight.

“… Man, Ponzinibbio is crazy. (The UFC) hasn’t said anything. This guy hasn’t fought in a year and a half. F*ck, I fought (four) times since his last fight. I have no problem fighting him, but, brother, no one told me anything. He throws some crazy stuff online, it’s hard to understand. But I have no problem fighting Ponzinibbio.

“I’m in a situation that I can’t call anyone out. I’m coming off a loss and I know that’s in the past and I will bounce back, but what the UFC offers me, something that makes sense… I think Pettis would make sense for the history. The market is starting to move now. Stephen Thompson and I, there was some talk in the past, so I think that could be the fight. The division is very jammed, let’s see how it plays out.”

Who do you want to see Dos Anjos face next?

Donald Cerrone Says He’s ‘Not Going Anywhere’ Following UFC 249 Loss

Donald Cerrone is now on a four-fight losing streak but “Cowboy” says he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Cerrone was looking to snap his three-fight skid and put the 40-second loss to Conor McGregor behind him when he fought Anthon…

Donald Cerrone is now on a four-fight losing streak but “Cowboy” says he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Cerrone was looking to snap his three-fight skid and put the 40-second loss to Conor McGregor behind him when he fought Anthony Pettis at UFC 249. It was a rematch seven years in the making and it […]

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Dan Hardy Thinks He’ll KO Anthony Pettis After Watching UFC 249

Dan HardyFormer welterweight title challenger Dan Hardy was not impressed with how Anthony Pettis performed against Donald Cerrone at UFC 249. Hardy has been talking up a potential fight with Pettis for some time now and was quick to react to his sub-par display against ‘Cowboy’. ‘Showtime’ scored a unanimous decision win against Cerrone in the […]

Dan Hardy

Former welterweight title challenger Dan Hardy was not impressed with how Anthony Pettis performed against Donald Cerrone at UFC 249.

Hardy has been talking up a potential fight with Pettis for some time now and was quick to react to his sub-par display against ‘Cowboy’. ‘Showtime’ scored a unanimous decision win against Cerrone in the featured preliminary fight on Saturday night. However, many observers think the fight could have gone the other way and Hardy is one of them.

Speaking to BT Sport immediately after the event Hardy expressed his belief Cerrone should have been declared the winner against Pettis, he said.

“I think it’s a good scrap, I don’t think he won the fight tonight, I think ‘Cowboy’ took the first and second round. And did get poked in the eye in the third round and was unlucky on the decision. I think ‘Cowboy’ looks better at welterweight.

The Brit them proceeded to break down Pettis who he says is struggling to adapt as his reflexes slow down with age, Hardy explained.

“Pettis just doesn’t look as quick or as agile as he used to in his career. I don’t even think it’s about the weight class anymore. I even think if you moved Pettis back down to 155, he’s not quite as sharp as he used to be. It’s a bit like Roy Jones when you’ve got a style relies on reaction time and speed and that starts to drop off it becomes evident very quickly.”

Nonetheless Hardy seemed very much interested in fighting Pettis and also very confident he’d be able to score a highlight-reel KO against ‘Showtime’, he said.

“The suns coming up here. I’m going to get my running shoes on now and get out on the road. I think I’d catch him clean and put him away, to be honest.”

Do you think Dan Hardy could knock out Anthony Pettis?

Anthony Pettis Beats Donald Cerrone Via Unanimous Decision in UFC 249 Prelims

Anthony Pettis got back in the win column with a unanimous decision win over Donald Cerrone to close out the prelim portion of UFC 249 from VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida…

Anthony Pettis got back in the win column with a unanimous decision win over Donald Cerrone to close out the prelim portion of UFC 249 from VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida…

Anthony Pettis Tops Donald Cerrone In Back-And-Forth Brawl – UFC 249 Highlights

Pettis CerroneThere was no revenge for Donald Cerrone against Anthony Pettis. The pair met in a welterweight rematch in the featured prelim bout of UFC 249 in what turned out to be a back-and-forth brawl with both fighters having their moments. There was some controversy in the final round as the referee seemed to have missed […]

Pettis Cerrone

There was no revenge for Donald Cerrone against Anthony Pettis.

The pair met in a welterweight rematch in the featured prelim bout of UFC 249 in what turned out to be a back-and-forth brawl with both fighters having their moments.

There was some controversy in the final round as the referee seemed to have missed an eyepoke from Pettis on Cerrone. However, “Cowboy” ended the fight strong and appeared to have done enough to earn the decision.

That wasn’t the case as all three judges scored the fight in favor of Pettis.

Check out the highlights below:

Did you agree with the decision?

UFC 249 Highlights: Anthony Pettis Decisions Donald Cerrone In Action-Packed Fight

Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis lived up to expectations.  The two fighters met in a welterweight bout at the UFC 249 pay-per-view event on Saturday night from Jacksonville, Florida at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. It was all about strikin…

Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis lived up to expectations.  The two fighters met in a welterweight bout at the UFC 249 pay-per-view event on Saturday night from Jacksonville, Florida at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. It was all about striking and trying to get inside. Cerrone looked like a determined fighter and was sharp compared […]

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