RDA believes he gets title shot with win despite Woodley surgery

Friday, December 15, 2017

UFC welterweight Rafael dos Anjos spoke recently with Mike Bohn and Ken Hathaway for MMAjunkie ahead of his fight Saturday night vs. former division champion Robbie Lawler, in the main event of UFC Fight Night 26. League president Dana White said the winner gets a title shot, although division champion Tyron Woodley recently said he will be undergoing shoulder surgery. However, RDA was confident that with a win, he’ll get the shot.

“I believe in what he said first, what Dana said first,” said dos Anjos. “Of course, I have that picture on my mind, fighting for the belt, getting the belt. I’m still competing, because I’m thinking about the belt. I’m thinking about being a champion. By the time I don’t believe I can make it anymore, I will stop. I will retire. As of now I believe I can do it. I believe in Dana, and Dana’s first answer.”

“He’s a taller guy. He’s going to be the bigger guy on the night of the fight. I feel that all these guys, they could be better than me, but on fight night I’m better than them. … If you step on the scale and make 170 pounds, we’re going to go there and fight fair and square.”

“I know he has a couple more miles than me on his body. I just moved up. I’m just fresh. I’m new in this division. I’m not running down, run out. I feel I’m in my moment right now. The way that I feel, I feel I’m going uphill, and Robbie is going downhill.”

“He’s the kind of guy that doesn’t come to do an extra hour in the Octagon. He just comes to finish. My goal is to fight for the title. My goal is to be a two-division champion. All the goals I set in my life I have accomplished. I’m sure I will accomplish that one too.”

Lawler has been fighting professionally for over 15 years. His fight of the year in 2015 vs. Rory MacDonald was one of those bouts where you wonder if either man will be the same afterward. And Lawler has taken 781 significant strikes, the UFC record for all divisions. At 35, there are questions as to whether is he diminished to a degree.

Saturday will be RDA’s third fight since moving up to 170; the first two were wins over Neil Magny and Tarec Saffiedine.