Rafael Dos Anjos & Santiago Ponzinibbio Twitter Beef Could Lead To Fight

Rafael Dos Anjos & Santiago Ponzinibbio clearly want to fight each other after yet another heated exchange through the power of social media. This isn’t the first time that these two stars traded words. Now, it just appears that it’s a matter of time before they step into the Octagon and settle their differences. The […]

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Rafael Dos Anjos & Santiago Ponzinibbio clearly want to fight each other after yet another heated exchange through the power of social media. This isn’t the first time that these two stars traded words. Now, it just appears that it’s a matter of time before they step into the Octagon and settle their differences.

The only difference between now and a few months ago is the fact that Dos Anjos suffered a loss, which came to top contender Kamaru Usman. On the flip side, Ponzinibbio is fresh off a highlight-reel knockout victory over Neil Magny.

Ponzinibbio’s most recent call-out has led to RDA firing back with some words on Twitter.

The exchanged led to both stars using Portuguese and English, which saw the former UFC lightweight champ fire back at him after being referred to as “diva.”

A user on the social media platform brought up Curitiba, which is reportedly being targeted to host an event in May by the UFC. Ponzinibbio made it known that he likes the idea of fighting in Brazil. The former champ stated that “it could even be at UFC Fortaleza in three weeks.”

Fight Booking

Ponzinibbio didn’t oppose the idea but left the choice of time and place to RDA. Time will tell whether this fight gets booked.

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Santiago Ponzinibbio Challenges “Diva” Rafael dos Anjos

Santiago Ponzinibbio is ready to schedule his next fight, and he hopes that it will be against a man he has called out in the past, former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, who Ponzinibbio had hoped to face at UFC Argentina in November. Instead, P…

Santiago Ponzinibbio is ready to schedule his next fight, and he hopes that it will be against a man he has called out in the past, former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, who Ponzinibbio had hoped to face at UFC Argentina in November. Instead, Ponzinibbio settled for knocking out Neil Magny. One month later, Ponzinibbio […]

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Rafael Dos Anjos Offers Statement On Lopsided TUF 28 Loss

Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos offers a statement on his lopsided defeat to Kamaru Usman at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale.

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Over the weekend (Fri. November 30, 2018) Rafael dos Anjos suffered another loss inside the Octagon.

Rising welterweight Kamaru Usman bested “RDA” inside thePearl Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada. The pair main evented The Ultimate Fighter Season 28 Finale inside the Pearl Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the Brazilian’s second consecutive loss inside the Octagon. He previously lost to Colby Covington back at UFC 225 in June.

Now, the former UFC lightweight champ has a long way to go if he wants to get a crack at the 170-pound belt. His last win came in December of 2017 when he defeated Robbie Lawler via lopsided decision. However, Usman’s grappling ability proved to be too much for dos Anjos to handle in Las Vegas.

He recently took to Instagram and offered a statement regarding his loss. Check it out here:

“It has been 15 years fighting MMA, 10 years of UFC, 39 fights, being the first Brazilian champion in lightweight. A lot of stories to tell, several fights in my career, several scars that I carry on my body.

“The fighter life is just the same. One day you win and another day you lose, but even in defeat I am grateful for my team, coaches, family, friends, fans, sponsors and God for the opportunity to use my gifts and live from what I love the most.

“I will always react with strength and dignity, even when things do not go my way, I will trust in the Lord who is in control of everything, I will turn around and I will come back stronger.

“Nothing like getting home and realizing how blessed I am with a beautiful family. Thank you everyone.”

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It has been 15 years fighting MMA, 10 years of UFC, 39 fights, being the first Brazilian champion in lightweight. A lot of stories to tell, several fights in my career, several scars that I carry on my body. The fighter life is just the same. One day you win and another day you lose, but even in defeat I am grateful for my team, coaches, family, friends, fans, sponsors and God for the opportunity to use my gifts and live from what I love the most. I will always react with strength and dignity, even when things do not go my way, I will trust in the Lord who is in control of everything, I will turn around and I will come back stronger. ??Nothing like getting home and realizing how blessed I am with a beautiful family???? THANK YOU EVERYONE ??????||<><><>|| São 15 anos lutando MMA, 10 anos de UFC, 39 lutas, sendo o primeiro campeão brasileiro no peso leve. Muita história pra contar, várias brigas na carreira, diversas marcas que carrego na carcassa. Vida de lutador é assim mesmo. Um dia ganha no outro perde, mas mesmo na derrota sou grato pela minha equipe, treinadores, família, amigos, fãs, patrocinadores e à Deus pela oportunidade de usar meus dons e viver daquilo que mais amo fazer. Sempre reagirei com força e dignidade, mesmo quando as coisas não sairem do meu jeito, confiarei no Senhor que está no controle de tudo, darei a volta por cima e voltarei fortalecido. ??Nada como chegar em casa e perceber como sou abençoado com uma família linda???? MUITO OBRIGADO A TODOS ?????? #JesusFirst #TeamRDA #RafaelDosAnjos #DosAnjosPhotography #DosAnjosInc #EvolveMMA<> #RDA #Respect #Discipline #Attitude #rvcasport #aguaboaoficial #ufc

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Dos Anjos struggled to cut weight at 155 pounds, and seems to be a bit too small for the top fighters at welterweight. Perhaps a potential 165-pound division would better suit “RDA” if the UFC decides to go that direction.

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Rafael dos Anjos Speaks On One-Sided Loss To Kamaru Usman

Rafael dos Anjos has opened up about his loss to Kamaru Usman. This past Friday night (Nov. 30), the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title holder took on Usman. The bout headlined TUF 28 Finale inside the Pearl Theater in Las Ve…

Rafael dos Anjos has opened up about his loss to Kamaru Usman. This past Friday night (Nov. 30), the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title holder took on Usman. The bout headlined TUF 28 Finale inside the Pearl Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada. Usman turned in a dominant performance on his way to a […]

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The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale Results: Kamaru Usman Wins Main Event

Former Ultimate Fighter winner Kamaru Usman took advantage of The Ultimate Fighter finale once again as he claimed a unanimous-decision win over Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of the Heavy Hitters card from Las Vegas…

Former Ultimate Fighter winner Kamaru Usman took advantage of The Ultimate Fighter finale once again as he claimed a unanimous-decision win over Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of the Heavy Hitters card from Las Vegas…

TUF 28 Finale Results: Kamaru Usman Dominates Rafael Dos Anjos

The final season of The Ultimate Fighter wraps up this evening as the TUF 28 Finale will crown the final two winners of the show’s history. It all goes down in the city it started in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Pearl at the Palms will host the evening’s festivities that will include 13 fights in […]

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The final season of The Ultimate Fighter wraps up this evening as the TUF 28 Finale will crown the final two winners of the show’s history. It all goes down in the city it started in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Pearl at the Palms will host the evening’s festivities that will include 13 fights in total.

The main event of the evening will have future title implications at 170 pounds as Rafael dos Anjos squares off with Kamaru Usman.

The Brazilian has won three of his last four fights but most recently dropped a lopsided decision to then-interim champion Colby Covington.

With a win, Usman may finally get the title fight he has sought after for some time. He started off his career at 1-1 and has since won 12 straight fights.

Round One

Usman takes center Octagon as the fighters trade shots. Usman pushes RDA into the cage. Dos Anjos breaks action and lands a right hand. Usman dips levels and takes RDA down. Dos Anjos gets back to his feet but Usman is keeping clinched to him. The fighters exchange elbows as they break. RDA throws a leg kick and Usman lands a body shot and again closes the distance. He works for another takedown on the Brazilian. RDA vaguely threatening a choke with 60 seconds left. Usman drags RDA down and lands some ground and pound but not before dos Anjos land a big up kick. The round ends.

Round Two

The second round starts with Usman taking center cage again. He presses forward with a combo and again finds himself bullying RDA against the cage. RDA is looking for a plum grip but Usman is too strong for the former champ. Usman is landing knees and foot stomps halfway through the round. Usman drags dos Anjos to the canvas. He ends up in RDA’s guard. Dos Anjos is active off his back and he is going for a kimura. He nearly got it. The fence saved Usman there. RDA uses that to get the fight to the feet. Usman closes the distance and lands another hard elbow. The round ends with a wild flurry by RDA.

Round Three

Dos Anjos opens up with leg kicks and then goes to the body. Usman lands a hard elbow that stuns RDA. Usman drags the Brazilian to the canvas. RDA pops up. The fighters are trading off in the center of the Octagon with the bigger athlete getting the better. Usman goes back to a big takedown and is forced to defend another kimura attempt from RDA. The fight stalls a bit with both guys looking for the upper hand. Just over one minute left in the round Usman lands a knee to dos Anjos’ body. RDA comes alive the last 30 seconds, landing kicks and an uppercut. The bell sounds.

Round Four

The fighters trade some jabs to open up the round. RDA throws a head kick but Usman blocks. RDA going back to the leg kicks. Usman is backing up dos Anjos and putting together his striking nicely here in round four. He takes RDA down to the ground and has a body lock applied. The fight slows. Usman is grinding on RDA and landing some nice left hands but never really in danger of stopping this fight thus far. Usman reigns down a couple of elbows as RDA struggles to find a way out of trouble. Usman follows with some brutal hammer fists. Each round more dominant than the last for Usman.

Round Five

Usman opens up with a one-two and follows it up with an ax-kick that just misses. He immediately clinches RDA and drags him to the ground. Usman is picking his shots with short uppercuts as he lets dos Anjos back up to his feet. He is giving dos Anjos no room to breathe. RDA jumps a guillotine choke but never really had the proper positioning to finish. Usman pops his head out and takes a moment to catch his breath. Usman opens up with some more ground and pound. 30 seconds in the fight and Usman empties the gas tank with some punches. A 25-minute beating by Usman.

  • Kamaru Usman defeats Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision (50-43, 48-47, 49-45)

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