While the recent run of Rafael dos Anjos hasn’t gone unnoticed, as he is facing Donald Cerrone in the co-main-event of tonight’s UFC FN 27 card, the lightweight’s efforts have been glossed over somewhat due to impressive performances by men like TJ Grant and Josh Thomson. Of course, if dos Anjos hands Cerrone a defeat today in Indianapolis, then plenty more attention is going to come the Brazilian’s way.
Naturally, this is what dos Anjos wants, and the #10 ranked fighter clearly understands just how important a victory over Cerrone would be for his career. The 28 year-old vet told MMA Fighting.com recently:
“I had the perfect training camp, I’m really excited for this fight,” he said. “I’m confident. I know my time is coming. He’s a tough guy, but that’s what I want. I want to prove that I have what it takes to get to the title. I worked hard for this fight, my family depends on this and so do I.”
“This is one of the toughest fights of my career,” he said. “But I’ve fought some tough guys and sometimes the games don’t match and you can win easily. I will win this convincingly. I don’t want people talking about it like after my last fight. This is going to be my fifth win in a row, and I’m getting closer to the title. My time will come. I’m training hard, I’m not playing here.”
Just as a refresher, dos Anjos is coming off wins over Kamal Shalorus, Anthony Njokuani, Mark Bocek and most recently Evan Dunham, so he’s definitely been fighting tough and experienced fighters as of late. If you’re wondering, the oddsmakers have dos Anjos has a slight underdog in the +110 to +130 range. It’s going to be interesting to see what goes down.
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