Rafael dos Anjos (pictured) was supposed to be the co-star at UFC 185. The event was even dubbed “Welcome To The Show,” a tribute to lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Petts.
Make that, now-former UFC lightweight champion.
Despite being a 3.5-1 underdog, dos Anjos stole the show by serving up an upset special with a dominant performance to cruise to a lopsided (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) unanimous decision victory.
Dos Anjos outstruck the normally dynamic Pettis, got nearly every takedown he attempted, and basically did anything he wanted en route to capturing the 155-pound crown.
It will be very interesting to see how the UFC markets dos Anjos as the champ in their deepest division.
UFC 185 took place Saturday inside American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.
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