Entering the biggest fight of your life with two healthy legs is so overrated…
After upsetting Anthony Pettis to capture the lightweight title at UFC 185, Rafael dos Anjos (pictured) revealed he injured his knee three weeks ago, possibly mildly tearing his MCL, and hasn’t been able to grapple until tonight.
Dos Anjos hasn’t seen a doctor and thinks surgery won’t be required. The 30-year-old was considering pulling out of the bout, but has been around the game long enough to know that this opportunity may never come again so he better seize the day.
Did I say seize? I meant dominate.
Dos Anjos showed no signs of an injury as he steamrolled Pettis in every aspect. He surprisingly beat the normally dynamic Pettis to the punch and kick, secured nearly every takedown he attempted and left the scrap relatively unscathed – outside of the possible MCL tear that he entered the cage with, that is.
Dos Anjos will now await the winner of May’s shootout between Donald Cerrone and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Dos Anjos dropped a unanimous decision to Nurmagomedov last April and would love the opportunity to avenge the defeat.
The Brazilian holds a decision victory over Cerrone from August 2013.