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UFC Champ Rafael dos Anjos Discusses Recovery, Timetable For Return

Kelsey Mowatt

Rafael dos Anjos

Following Rafael dos Anjos’s awe inspiring win over Anthony Pettis at UFC 185, the newly crowned champ revealed he had fought while injured, and now the lightweight is mapping out plans for a return.

RDA worked his way to a clear cut, unanimous decision win over Pettis on March 14th. After the bout, it was disclosed that the well rounded fighter had torn his MCL, and as a result, his first title defense would have to wait.

The 30 year-old fighter recently appeared on MMA Junkie.com Radio, and while discussing his recovery, RDA relayed (quote via MMA Junkie.com):

“(The doctor said) I should be back training in three months,” dos Anjos said. “So far, we have 45 days (since the injury), and this kind of injury is kind of hard. I still feel my knee – I can’t train.

“…But I have to be patient because I don’t want to start training at 80, 90 percent. I want to train at 100 percent, but I think I should be ready to fight at the beginning of November or the end of October. Because once I start training, I need 16 weeks to get ready for a title fight.”

So, barring some unforeseen twist, it looks like 2015 will be a two fight campaign for dos Anjos. The big question is, however, who will he face when he comes back? Donald Cerrone and Khabib Nurmagomedov were booked to fight at UFC 187 next month, but the latter went down with another knee injury. The fight was supposed to be a title shot eliminator.

Now Cerrone is facing John Makdessi, who is coming off a memorable stoppage win over Shane Campbell at UFC 186.

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