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Life of Rafael Dos Anjos

Rafael Souza dos Anjos is a Brazilian-American mixed martial artist who was born on October 26, 1984. He currently fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Welterweight category (UFC). He was a top contender for the Welterweight title and the former UFC Lightweight Champion. He is ranked #8 in the UFC lightweight standings as of December 13, 2022.

  • Rafael dos Anjos HEIGHT: 5′ 8″
  • Rafael dos Anjos WEIGHT: 155 lbs.
  • Rafael dos Anjos REACH: 70″
  • Rafael dos Anjos STANCE: Southpaw
  • Rafael dos Anjos DOB: Oct 26, 1984

Early Life of RDA Rafael Dos Anjos

Rafael Dos Anjos claimed to have been a troublesome child in a 2014 interview, getting into confrontations in his Rio de Janeiro city of Niterói.  At the age of nine, he began studying Brazilian jiu-jitsu with Daniel Matheus.  Rafael Dos Anjos claims that after he started practising jiu jitsu, he stopped fighting in public. Brazil is native country of Rafael Dos Anjos.

Mar 14, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Anthony Pettis (red) fights Rafael do Anjos (blue) in the lightweight title bout during UFC 185 at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Career of RDA in Mixed martial arts

In his home Brazil, dos Anjos spent the most of his early professional life. He had a 2-2 record at the start of his career, with both of his defeats coming by a split decision. Dos Anjos then amassed 9 victories in a row, including 6 submissions. His 11-2 record in local competition was sufficient for the UFC to contact him.

RDA UFC Fights and Records

At UFC 91, dos Anjos made his UFC debut and fell to Jeremy Stephens. After an uppercut defeated dos Anjos in the third round, the fight was declared over.

At UFC Fight Night 18, dos Anjos fought Tyson Griffin for the second time in the UFC. Dos Anjos was defeated in the back-and-forth conflict by a unanimous vote. Fight of the Night honours were given to the contest.

Originally set to meet Matt Wiman at UFC 103 on September 19, 2009, dos Anjos instead faced Rob Emerson due to Wiman’s knee ailment.   By unanimous vote, dos Anjos earned a much-needed victory.

At UFC Fight Night 20, dos Anjos went on to defeat Kyle Bradley by unanimous decision.

Dos Anjos defeated Terry Etim in UFC 111 by armbar submission in the second round, winning Submission of the Night.

On August 7, 2010, Clay Guida and dos Anjos squared off at UFC 117. [20] Guida seemed to damage dos Anjos’ jaw with a hook in the opening round, and after dos Anjos tapped from pressure being given to his jaw while Guida had arm and head control, Guida won the fight via submission (jaw injury).

After filling in for an injured Evan Dunham at UFC 132 on July 2, 2011, dos Anjos went up against George Sotiropoulos. Dos Anjos demonstrated his significantly improved striking abilities by using a right hand to finish Sotiropoulos in the first round.

On November 19, 2011, dos Anjos competed against Gleison Tibau at UFC 139. He was defeated by a narrow margin.

On May 15, 2012, at UFC on Fuel TV: The Korean Zombie vs. Poirier, dos Anjos fought Kamal Shalorus. After felling Shalorus with a head kick, dos Anjos submitted him through rear-naked choke in the first round.

Dos Anjos, who replaced injured Paul Taylor in the bout against Shalorus, rapidly recovered to take on Anthony Njokuani on July 11, 2012, at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman. He defeated Njokuani in both the striking and grappling departments to win the fight by unanimous decision.

On November 17, 2012, dos Anjos squared off against Mark Bocek at UFC 154. He prevailed by unanimous vote and once more had the upper hand in standup and ground combat.

On May 18, 2013, dos Anjos competed against Evan Dunham at UFC on FX 8. He received a unanimous decision victory. However, there was some debate because 10 out of 10 media outlets gave Dunham the victory.

On August 28, 2013, dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone squared off at UFC Fight Night 27. He prevailed by unanimous judgement in the match.

On February 22, 2014, dos Anjos was scheduled to compete in UFC 170 against Rustam Khabilov. But in the days before the event, the match was cancelled. Khabib Nurmagomedov was the opponent for dos Anjos on April 19, 2014, during UFC on Fox 11. He was defeated by a score of unanimous decisions.

On June 7, 2014, dos Anjos fought Jason High at UFC Fight Night 42. In the second round, he defeated his opponent by TKO.

On August 23, 2014, dos Anjos faced former lightweight champion Benson Henderson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 49. He knocked Henderson out in the opening round after dropping him with a flying knee and then finishing him out with a left hook. He was the only guy to stop Henderson by strikes thanks to the victory, which also won him his first Performance of the Night bonus.

At UFC on Fox 13, dos Anjos and Nate Diaz squared off on December 13, 2014. He received a unanimous decision victory. He dominated the first two rounds with powerful leg kicks and superior striking, with dos Anjos controlling the third round on the mat.

Rafael dos Anjos in UFC Lightweight Championship

On March 14, 2015, at UFC 185, dos Anjos competed against Anthony Pettis for the UFC Lightweight Championship. Dominantly, dos Anjos prevailed by unanimous decision in the fight. Dos Anjos disclosed following the match that his MCL had only recently been torn. He received a Performance of the Night bonus for the victory once more.

On December 19, 2015, dos Anjos fought Donald Cerrone once more in the main event of UFC on Fox 17 to make his first title defence. The quickest finish ever for the UFC Lightweight belt, he won the bout via TKO just 66 seconds into the first round. Dos Anjos received his third Performance of the Night bonus award thanks to the victory as well.

Dos Anjos was scheduled to defend his lightweight championship against Conor McGregor on March 5, 2016, at UFC 196. Dos Anjos, though, was forced to withdraw from the bout on February 23 after injuring his foot in practise, it was revealed.

On July 7, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 90, dos Anjos faced Eddie Alvarez in his second championship defence. Despite entering the fight as a three-to-one favourite to win, he was defeated via TKO in the opening round. After the Alvarez fight, rumours surfaced that dos Anjos had fainted briefly just before entering the ring, and that this had been caused by the arduous weight cut.

Rafael Dos Anjos in Post championship

On November 5, 2016, at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale, dos Anjos faced Tony Ferguson. He was defeated by a score of unanimous decisions. Fight of the Night was given to both contestants for their efforts.

Rafael Dos Anjos

Rafael Dos Anjos Move to Welterweight

On June 17, 2017, at UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia, dos Anjos competed in a welterweight match against former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine. He prevailed by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, and 29–28).

Neil Magny and dos Anjos squared off on September 9, 2017, at UFC 215. He submitted in the opening round using an arm-triangle choke. Dos Anjos received his fourth Performance of the Night bonus award thanks to this victory as well.

On December 16, 2017, dos Anjos competed against Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos in a championship eliminator. Dos Anjo’s fighting strategy strongly emphasised low leg kicks and regular combos of body blows and leg kicks. He prevailed via unanimous decision.

On June 9, 2018, dos Anjos competed against Colby Covington at UFC 225 for the interim UFC welterweight title. He was defeated in the fight by a consensus vote.

On November 30, 2018, at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale, dos Anjos faced Kamaru Usman. He was defeated by a unanimous decision.

On May 18, 2019, dos Anjos faced Kevin Lee in Lee’s welterweight debut at UFC Fight Night 152. In the fourth round, he submitted with an arm triangle to win the bout.

On July 20, 2019, dos Anjos and Leon Edwards squared off on UFC on ESPN 4. He was defeated by a score of unanimous decisions.

At UFC Fight Night 166 on January 25, 2020, dos Anjos squared off against Michael Chiesa. He was defeated by a score of unanimous decisions.

Rafael Dos Anjos Return to Lightweight

On October 24, 2020, dos Anjos was scheduled to make his return to the lightweight division at UFC 254 against Islam Makhachev. On October 8, 2020, it was revealed that dos Anjos had tested positive for COVID-19, and as a result, he had been disqualified from the fight. The matchup was kept the same and moved to UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. dos Anjos on November 14, 2020.

On November 8, it was revealed that Makhachev had to withdraw from the competition because of injuries. It was quickly revealed that Paul Felder agreed to step up and take Makhachev’s place with five days’ notice. Dos Anjos committed to competing in the lightweight class and inked a new six-fight contract with the UFC at the same time. Felder was ultimately defeated by dos Anjos in a split decision.

He won the Fight of the Night prizes for this battle. The rescheduled fight against Makhachev was set to occur at UFC 267 on October 30, 2021. However, dos Anjos was once more forced to withdraw from the competition due to an injury, and Dan Hooker took his place. 

Rafael Fiziev and dos Anjos were slated to fight on February 19, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 201. However, due to Fiziev’s visa concerns, the fight was postponed to UFC 272. Fiziev had to withdraw a week before the competition because he tested positive for COVID-19; Renato Moicano took his place with only 4 days’ notice and a catchweight of 160 pounds. Dos Anjos prevailed by unanimous decision in the match.

For the third time, the fight between dos Anjos and Fiziev will air on UFC on ESPN on July 9, 2022. In round five, he was knocked out of the bout.

Rafael dos Anjos is Return to Welterweight

On December 3, 2022, Dos Anjos fought welterweight Bryan Barberena on UFC on ESPN 42. In round two, he prevailed via neck crank. Dos Anjos is the first fighter in UFC history to achieve 8 hours of combat time after this match, surpassing Frankie Edgar’s previous record of 5 hours.

Fighting style of Rafael Dos Anjos

Dos Anjos is renowned for his physical prowess, powerful takedown skills, and aggressive, high-volume striking. He will frequently enter the fight in an aggressive Muay Thai stance and utilise kicks and feints to push his opponent into the cage before swarming them with punches and takedowns. His left kick to the body and right hook to the head are particularly well known; he uses these blows to prevent his opponent from moving laterally as they try to get their backs away from the fence.In 2017, under the guidance of coach Jason Parillo, dos Anjos honed his boxing technique. He is known for his potent ground and pound style, which incorporates punches and precise elbow blows. Dos Anjos is a high-level black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in addition to his striking ability.

Dos Anjos previously trained at Kings MMA but departed after losing to Eddie Alvarez. He now trains out of Evolve MMA in Singapore and at Team RDA in California. He received his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu from Aldo “Caveirinha” Januário.

Personal life of Rafael dos Anjos

Dos Anjos, who suffered a broken jaw in the Guida fight, now has a titanium-fused jaw, which he believes has shattered the hands of some of his subsequent opponents. Dos Anjos has been criticised by Dr. Johnny Benjamin for ignoring the fact that the titanium plate in his jaw is measured in millimetres.

Christian Dos Anjos belongs to. Dos Anjos and his wife Cris have three kids together. Dos Anjos announced on social media on December 20 that he and his family have become naturalised citizens of the United States.

Championships and achievements of Rafael Dos Anjos

Ultimate Fighting Championship

  • one effective title defence
  • Three times, Tyson Griffin, Tony Ferguson, and Paul Felder engaged in the Fight of the Night.
  • Terry Etim and Submission of the Night (once).
  • Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis, Benson Henderson, and Neil Magny competed in the Performance of the Night (four times).
  • longest overall match duration in UFC history (8:01:49)
  • Most unanimous decisions have been won in UFC contests.
  • tied for the most unanimous decision victories in UFC Lightweight history (with Francisco Trinaldo)
  • The first and only combatant in UFC history to complete an eight-hour fight
  • tied for seventh most victories in UFC history with Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira
  • second-highest number of decisions in UFC history
  • tied for sixth most matches ever in UFC history (with Demian Maia)

Dos Rafael Dos Anjos in Fight Matrix

Lightweight MMA Lineal Champion (One time, Former)

Short Detail of Rafael dos anjos

Rafael Dos Anjos’s next fight

The next match for Rafael Dos Anjos will be revealed later. Still not announced, will be announced soon.

WHAT WAS Rafael Dos ANJOS’ LAST FIGHT?

On December 3, 2022, in Orlando, Florida, Rafael dos Anjos faced Bryan Barberena at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Holland. He prevailed in the second round through submission. There was a fight 11 days ago.

WHAT IS RAFAEL DOS ANJOS’ RECORD?

Rafael dos Anjos presently has a record of 32 victories, 14 defeats, and 0 draws. He has won 32 matches, stopping 5 of them, giving him a knockout percentage of 16% with 11 submits. He has been stopped four times in his 14 losses. His professional fights have lasted an average of 2.8 rounds due to his participation in 131 rounds of competition.

HOW ACTIVE IS RAFAEL DOS ANJOS?

Anjos has fought 5 times in the past 2 years, 10 months, and 19 days, which equates to an average bout every 6 months and 29 days. He engaged in 20 rounds of combat in those battles, averaging 4 rounds per fight.

WHERE IS RAFAEL DOS ANJOS FROM?

Anjos was born in Brazil.

HOW OLD IS RAFAEL DOS ANJOS?

At the moment, Rafael dos Anjos is 38 years old. He will turn 39 in 10 months and 12 days because he was born on October 26, 1984.

ANJOS HAS BEEN FIGHTING HOW LONG?

Rafael dos Anjos has been a professional for 18 years and 2 months, having made his debut in September 2004.

IS RAFAEL DOS ANJOS ANY GOOD?

Anjos is presently ranked 19th by Tapology at Welterweight and 7th at Lightweight by the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

HOW MUCH RAFAEL DOS ANJOS IS TALL?

Anjos is 5′ 8″ “(5 Foot 8 Inches), or 173 cm (1 metre and 73 centimeters).

WHERE DO Rafael Dos ANJOS GO?

He has a 70.1-inch reach (70.1 “which measures 178 cm (1 metre and 78 centimeters).

WHO MIGHT RAFAEL DOS ANJOS FACE AS COMPETITORS?

Anjos might face Gregor Gillespie, Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson, Charles Oliveira, and Islam Makhachev in the future.

WHAT FIGHT WILL RAFAEL DOS ANJOS FIGHT NEXT?

There isn’t a bout currently scheduled for Rafael dos Anjos.

Anjos might face Gregor Gillespie, Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson, Charles Oliveira, and Islam Makhachev in the future.

WHERE CAN I WATCH RAFAEL DOS ANJOS FIGHTS ONLINE?

Rafael dos Anjos can be streamed on ufc on espn.

WHAT RECENT RAFAEL DOS ANJOS RESULTS ARE THERE?

2 of his last 5 opponents have been defeated by Rafael dos Anjos.

Rafael Fiziev defeated him in his final bout, which took place on July 9, 2022, at UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Fiziev at UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, by knockout in the fifth round.

Rafael Dos Anjos Mixed martial arts Record

Dos anjos won 32 fights

Dos Anjos lost 14 fights

ResultRecordOpponentMethodEventDateWeight class

Win
31-14-0 Bryan Barberena
SUB

R2 3:20

UFC Fight Night 2022-12-03 Welterweight

Loss
31-13-0 Rafael Fiziev
KO/TKO

R5 0:18

UFC Fight Night 2022-07-09 Lightweight

Win
30-13-0 Renato Moicano
DEC

R5 5:00

UFC 272 2022-03-05 Catchweight

Win
29-13-0 Paul Felder
DEC

R5 5:00

UFC Fight Night 2020-11-14 Lightweight

Loss
29-12-0 Michael Chiesa
DEC

R3 5:00

UFC on ESPN+ 24 2020-01-25 Welterweight

Loss
29-11-0 Leon Edwards
DEC

R5 5:00

UFC on ESPN 4 2019-07-20 Welterweight

Win
28-11-0 Kevin Lee
SUB

R4 3:47

UFC on ESPN+ 10 2019-05-18 Welterweight

Loss
28-10-0 Kamaru Usman
DEC

R5 5:00

The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale 2018-11-30 Welterweight

Loss
28-9-0 Colby Covington
DEC

R5 5:00

UFC 225 2018-06-09 Welterweight

Win
27-9-0 Robbie Lawler
DEC

R5 5:00

UFC on FOX 26 2017-12-16 Welterweight

Win
26-9-0 Neil Magny
SUB

R1 3:43

UFC 215 2017-09-09 Welterweight

Win
25-9-0 Tarec Saffiedine
DEC

R3 5:00

UFC Fight Night 111 2017-06-17 Welterweight

Loss
25-8-0 Tony Ferguson
DEC

R5 5:00

UFC Fight Night 98 2016-11-05 Lightweight

Loss
25-7-0 Eddie Alvarez
KO/TKO

R1 3:49

UFC Fight Night 90 2016-07-07 Lightweight

Win
24-7-0 Donald Cerrone
KO/TKO

R1 1:06

UFC on FOX 17 2015-12-19 Lightweight

Win
23-7-0 Anthony Pettis
DEC

R5 5:00

UFC 185 2015-03-14 Lightweight

Win
22-7-0 Nate Diaz
DEC

R3 5:00

UFC on FOX 13 2014-12-13 Lightweight

Win
21-7-0 Benson Henderson
KO/TKO

R1 2:31

UFC Fight Night 49 2014-08-23 Lightweight

Win
20-7-0 Jason High
KO/TKO

R2 3:36

UFC Fight Night 42 2014-06-07 Lightweight

Loss
20-6-0 Khabib Nurmagomedov
DEC

R3 5:00

UFC on FOX 11 2014-04-19 Lightweight

Win
19-6-0 Donald Cerrone
DEC

R3 5:00

UFC Fight Night 27 2013-08-28 Lightweight

Win
18-6-0 Evan Dunham
DEC

R3 5:00

UFC on FX 8 2013-05-18 Lightweight

Win
17-6-0 Mark Bocek
DEC

R3 5:00

UFC 154 2012-11-17 Lightweight

Win
16-6-0 Anthony Njokuani
DEC

R3 5:00

UFC on FUEL TV 4 2012-07-11 Lightweight

Win
15-6-0 Kamal Shalorus
SUB

R1 1:40

UFC on FUEL TV 3 2012-05-15 Lightweight

Loss
15-5-0 Gleison Tibau
DEC

R3 5:00

UFC 139 2011-11-19 Lightweight

Win
14-5-0 George Sotiropoulos
KO/TKO

R1 0:59

UFC 132 2011-07-02 Lightweight

Loss
14-4-0 Clay Guida
SUB

R3 1:51

UFC 117 2010-08-07 Lightweight

Win
13-4-0 Terry Etim
SUB

R2 4:30

UFC 112 2010-04-10 Lightweight

Win
12-4-0 Kyle Bradley
DEC

R3 5:00

UFC Fight Night 20 2010-01-11 Lightweight

Win
11-4-0 Rob Emerson
DEC

R3 5:00

UFC 103 2009-09-19 Lightweight

Loss
11-3-0 Tyson Griffin
DEC

R3 5:00

UFC Fight Night 18 2009-04-01 Lightweight

Loss
11-2-0 Jeremy Stephens
KO/TKO

R3 0:39

UFC 91 2008-11-15 Lightweight

Win
10-2-0 Takafumi Otsuka
DEC

R3 5:00

Regional circuit 2008-07-12

Win
9-2-0 Takaichi Hirayama
SUB

R1 1:25

Pancrase 190 2008-06-01 Lightweight

Win
8-2-0 Gabriel Miglioli
DEC

R3 5:00

Regional circuit 2007-12-06

Win
7-2-0 Danilo Cherman
SUB

R2 3:38

Regional circuit 2007-08-04

Win
5-2-0 Thiago Meller
SUB

R1 7:28

Regional circuit 2007-04-29

Win
5-2-0 Maurício Reis
SUB

R1 6:24

Regional circuit 2007-04-29

Win
4-2-0 Johil de Oliveira
SUB

R1 2:50

Regional circuit 2007-04-14

Win
3-2-0 Mateus Trindade
DEC

R3 5:00

Regional circuit 2007-03-24

Win
2-2-0 Diogo Oliveira
SUB

R2

Regional circuit 2006-10-25

Loss
2-1-0 Jorge Britto
DEC

R3 5:00

Regional circuit 2005-06-04

Win
1-1-0 Felipe Arinelli
KO/TKO

R2

Regional circuit 2005-04-16

Win
0-1-0 João Paulo Alves
DEC

R3

Regional circuit 2004-10-09

Loss
0-0-0 Adriano Abu
DEC

R3 5:00

Regional circuit 2004-09-25

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