Rafael dos Anjos Wants Colby Covington Rematch If ‘Chaos’ Doesn’t Retire

Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington fought back at UFC 225 in June of 2018. After five rounds, Covington won via unanimous decision to capture the interim 170-pound championship. Unfortunately for Covington, his chase for the undisputed welterweight title didn’t end the way he wanted. Covington challenged Kamaru Usman for the title in the UFC […]

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Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington fought back at UFC 225 in June of 2018.

After five rounds, Covington won via unanimous decision to capture the interim 170-pound championship. Unfortunately for Covington, his chase for the undisputed welterweight title didn’t end the way he wanted. Covington challenged Kamaru Usman for the title in the UFC 245 main event earlier this month.

Usman broke Covington’s jaw midway through a very competitive fight, before putting “Chaos” away late in the fifth round. Now, Covington is nursing his broken jaw, but intends to get back to action as soon as he’s medically cleared to do so. Speaking to AG Fight recently, “RDA” offered his thoughts on Covington’s recent defeat and injury. It turns out dos Anjos has dealt with a broken jaw before himself.

The Brazilian claims he has seen many people retire from such an injury, but hopes that’s not the case with Covington, as he’d love to rematch the American Top Team (ATT) product.

“Absolutely [a rematch against Colby matters for 2020[. I’ve had this injury too, I don’t know the severity, but you have to have a lot of head to come back. I hope he really fights back, doesn’t retire, because it’s an injury I’ve seen retire people out there,” dos Anjos said. “It’s something I don’t even want for my worst enemy. But let’s see.

“It’s six months to go back to training, I remember how I got. Six months is just to retrain. It took me about ten months to fight again, a year almost to fight again. But it sure is a fight that interests me. It was [in the fight against Clay Guida that I got hurt]. It was terrible, worse thing, I don’t wish for my worst enemy.”

Of course, before he can think about rematching Covington, “RDA” has a meeting with Michael Chiesa at UFC Raleigh on January 25.

What do you think about “RDA” wanting to rematch Covington? Who are you picking?

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Michael Chiesa Doesn’t See Rafael dos Anjos Matchup As Dangerous Fight

Michael Chiesa will step into the Octagon against a former UFC champion in his next outing. Chiesa meets ex-lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Raleigh on January 25. It’s quite the step up in competition for Chiesa, who comes off a big win over Carlos Condit, now on a two-fight win streak. The winner […]

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Michael Chiesa will step into the Octagon against a former UFC champion in his next outing.

Chiesa meets ex-lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Raleigh on January 25. It’s quite the step up in competition for Chiesa, who comes off a big win over Carlos Condit, now on a two-fight win streak. The winner of “The Ultimate Fighter 19” spoke to MMA Junkie to discuss the matchup.

“Maverick” looks forward to taking on dos Anjos, who was defeated by Leon Edwards in his last bout via unanimous decision. Dos Anjos is the No. 5-ranked welterweight in the world, and Chiesa feels like everything is clicking for him heading into the fight.

“This is one of those things, like I beat ‘RDA,’ and there is no backwards steps from there, it’s a guy ranked higher and that’s it,” Chiesa said. “There are no backwards steps. Once you get in the rankings, you just have to keep stepping forward until you lose to the guy ahead of you, and then you can start considering guys below you.

“This is a great opportunity to make a big leap in my career, a big leap in my skills, so this is what it’s all about for me. I can’t emphasize it enough. I’m finally in this position that I wanted to be in for so long. I get to fight ‘RDA.’ He’s truly top five, so there are these big ramifications, and this is the situation I’ve always wanted to be in. This is what it’s all about, and it couldn’t have happened to me at a better time.

“(I’m) 31 years old, about to be 32 – I’m in my prime. Everything is clicking, my camp is good, my home life is good, my social life is great – everything is perfect right now, so there is no better time for a fight like this than right now.”

While Chiesa is aware of just how dangerous a fighter “RDA” is with his skillset, he doesn’t necessarily consider the matchup a dangerous fight.

“The most dangerous guy, yes, but not the most dangerous fight,” Chiesa said. “A dangerous fight is like you lost your last two fights and now you’re fighting Carlos Condit. That, to me, is a dangerous fight because it’s like the do-or-die, the pressure, winning and keeping your job – or losing and maybe get cut. That’s a dangerous fight.

“Is this one of the most dangerous guys? Yes, 100 percent. But like I said, the pressure is off, and when it’s off, that’s when I fight my complete best. This is two wins in a row, fighting a top guy. Not a lot of people are probably counting on me to win. So, like, dude: Let’s just have fun, let’s train as hard as we possibly can, implement a game plan, go out there and fight this guy bell to bell. I believe I’m going to beat him.”

Do you agree with Chiesa’s comments about his matchup with dos Anjos?

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Rafael dos Anjos & Michael Chiesa Exchange Pleasantries After Fight Announcement

A very interesting welterweight bout – between two former lightweights – is approaching as ex-155-pound champion Rafael dos Anjos takes on Michael Chiesa at UFC Raleigh. The news was made official yesterday (Thurs. November 21, 2019). Shortly after the announcement, both dos Anjos and Chiesa have taken to social media to wish the other good […]

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A very interesting welterweight bout – between two former lightweights – is approaching as ex-155-pound champion Rafael dos Anjos takes on Michael Chiesa at UFC Raleigh.

The news was made official yesterday (Thurs. November 21, 2019). Shortly after the announcement, both dos Anjos and Chiesa have taken to social media to wish the other good luck. The Brazilian had this to say to “Maverick.”

Have a good camp @MikeMav22 I’ll see you Jan 25th! Oss…”

Chiesa then responded with the following.

You have a great camp as well @RdosAnjosMMA. Nothing but respect for you and your team. See you in January! Oss”

Dos Anjos is in the midst of a bit of a rough spell at the moment, having lost three of his last four fights at welterweight. In his last outing, “RDA” was defeated by rising contender Leon Edwards. As for Chiesa, he has enjoyed a nice start to his run at 170 pounds. He’s on a two-fight win streak at the moment with wins over Carlos Condit and Diego Sanchez.

It would be a nice win for “RDA” to put a stop to Chiesa’s hype train at welterweight, however, for Chiesa to pick up a victory over a former world champion would boost his stock tremendously as well.

What do you think about the matchup between Dos Anjos and Chiesa?

 

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Rafael dos Anjos vs. Michael Chiesa Set For UFC Raleigh

Rafael dos Anjos and Michael Chiesa are on a collison course for Jan. 25. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported that dos Anjos vs. Chiesa has been agreed to for UFC Raleigh. This will be Chiesa’s third bout since moving up to the welterweight divis…

Rafael dos Anjos and Michael Chiesa are on a collison course for Jan. 25. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported that dos Anjos vs. Chiesa has been agreed to for UFC Raleigh. This will be Chiesa’s third bout since moving up to the welterweight division. This will be dos Anjos’ eighth fight at 170 pounds. Back in […]

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Rafael dos Anjos vs. Michael Chiesa Agreed For UFC Raleigh

A welterweight showcase between Rafael dos Anjos and Michael Chiesa has been agreed upon. That’s according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto who adds that the bout will take place at UFC Raleigh on January 25. Breaking: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Michael Chiesa agreed to for UFC Fight Night on Jan. 25 in Raleigh, North Carolina, per […]

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A welterweight showcase between Rafael dos Anjos and Michael Chiesa has been agreed upon.

That’s according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto who adds that the bout will take place at UFC Raleigh on January 25.

Dos Anjos is coming off a unanimous decision defeat to Leon Edwards earlier this summer. In total, he has lost three of his last four outings at 170 pounds. He will look to bounce back in what will be his 42nd professional fight.

Chiesa, meanwhile, is on a two-fight winning streak. Having lost his last two outings at lightweight, the American made the move up to welterweight last year when he submitted former interim champion Carlos Condit.

He followed it up with a unanimous decision win over Diego Sanchez. In Dos Anjos, “Maverick” will now have a ranked opponent where a win could possibly insert him into the top five of the welterweight rankings.

The bout isn’t confirmed by the UFC but official confirmation should be expected soon.

UFC Raleigh will be headlined a by a heavyweight bout between former champion Junior dos Santos and Curtis Blaydes. Also on the card is the bantamweight debut of Frankie Edgar as he meets young prospect Cory Sandhagen.

What do you think of this fight?

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Rafael dos Anjos vs. Michael Chiesa Agreed For UFC Raleigh

A welterweight showcase between Rafael dos Anjos and Michael Chiesa has been agreed upon. That’s according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto who adds that the bout will take place at UFC Raleigh on January 25. Breaking: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Michael Chiesa agreed to for UFC Fight Night on Jan. 25 in Raleigh, North Carolina, per […]

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A welterweight showcase between Rafael dos Anjos and Michael Chiesa has been agreed upon.

That’s according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto who adds that the bout will take place at UFC Raleigh on January 25.

Dos Anjos is coming off a unanimous decision defeat to Leon Edwards earlier this summer. In total, he has lost three of his last four outings at 170 pounds. He will look to bounce back in what will be his 42nd professional fight.

Chiesa, meanwhile, is on a two-fight winning streak. Having lost his last two outings at lightweight, the American made the move up to welterweight last year when he submitted former interim champion Carlos Condit.

He followed it up with a unanimous decision win over Diego Sanchez. In Dos Anjos, “Maverick” will now have a ranked opponent where a win could possibly insert him into the top five of the welterweight rankings.

The bout isn’t confirmed by the UFC but official confirmation should be expected soon.

UFC Raleigh will be headlined a by a heavyweight bout between former champion Junior dos Santos and Curtis Blaydes. Also on the card is the bantamweight debut of Frankie Edgar as he meets young prospect Cory Sandhagen.

What do you think of this fight?

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