Following his unanimous decision win over Donald Cerrone at UFC FN 27 in August, which extended his win streak to five, Rafael dos Anjos knows he could be one big win away from locking up a title shot. As a result, the lightweight has called out TJ Grant, who has been forced to bow out of two title fights this year due to complications from a concussion. Defeating the UFC’s #3 ranked lightweight, after all, is not a bad way to go about getting a championship fight.
The 28 year-old dos Anjo, who scored a UD win over Evan Dunham before facing Cerrone, relayed his wish recently while speaking to MMA Fighting.com:
“One more win and I should fight for the title,” dos Anjos said “I won my last five fights. I’m in the UFC for five years, so I deserve a shot at the title after my next win.”
“T.J. had two title shots and got injured twice,” he said. “I think it’s too little for him now, I believe it would be fair if he has to do another fight first, and a fight against me makes sense. It would be a good fight, and I would be one step closer to the title.”
Of course, Grant and his fans are likely hoping to face the winner of Anthony Pettis-Josh Thomson, which will go down on December 14th at UFC on FOX 9. Since Grant hasn’t fought since May, when he stopped Gray Maynard at UFC 160, however, the UFC could decide to book him for a title shot eliminator first. Considering that the #2 ranked Gilbert Melendez fought for the belt in April, and that Grant already defeated the #5 ranked Maynard, maybe dos Anjos (#6) could be the man to face him?
The UFC will likely wait and see how UFC 166 pans out; if Diego Sanchez defeats Melendez on Saturday, then that will shake things up considerably. Khabib Nurmagomedov, who has also called out Grant, has also been storming his way to the top and is definitely in the mix.
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