The stock of Rafael dos Anjos has never been higher, but in a recent interview, the UFC lightweight champ relayed he almost quit fighting a few years back.
Dos Anjos is not long removed from his one sided, decision win over Anthony Pettis in March, which was the Brazilian’s fourth straight win. It was the latest in a series of impressive performances from RDA, who has become one of the best and most well rounded fighters in the game.
Well, the 30 year-old champion recently appeared on the Brazilian program “Ta na Area“. During the interview, RDA reportedly admitted that before he made his way to the UFC in 2008, he considered hanging up the gloves (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“I thought of quitting many times. When I was still fighting in Brasil, I would make 1,500 or 3,000 reais (roughly 500 and 1,000 dollars), it was complicated,” said dos Anjos, before crediting his wife Chris for her encouragement and financial support. “She was the one who provided for the house. I was fighting for so little I thought I had to get a job. She was the one who told me to I was talented and I would make it, I just had to believe in my dreams.”
How about that huh? Of course, dos Anjos likely isn’t the first fighter who thought about quitting MMA, before they went on to accomplish big things. Working your way up the region fight scene came be extremely hard, especially if you have financial obligations like a family, mortgage, etc, etc.
Clearly dos Anjos, thanks to his wife, made the right decision. Up next, the champion is expected to fight Donald Cerrone later this year, after incurring a knee injury.
Dos Anjos is the last man to defeat Cerrone, as he earned a UD win over him in August, 2013. Since then Cerrone has won eight straight.