In early January, former UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos announced his intention to move up a weight class to the welterweight division. The former champ cited a tough weight cut to 155-pounds as the main reason for this exciting switch, though his back-to-back losses to Eddie Alvarez and Tony Ferguson and resulting desire for a fresh start probably also had some bearing on this decision.
With the news of Dos Anjos’ planned move to welterweight, a veritable Dos Anjos sweepstakes began, as multiple noteworthy welterweights began campaigning for the chance to welcome him to this new division. Though Dos Anjos has brushed off many of these challenges, explaining that he’s keen on a fight with Robbie Lawler or Nick Diaz, callouts of him continue to this day.
The latest callout of Dos Anjos comes from the streaking Colby Covington, an undeniable prospect in the welterweight division, who is eager to make a name for himself by spoiling the former lightweight champ’s divisional debut.
See Covington’s comment to the former champ below.
“[You’re] on a 2 fight losing streak at a lower weight class,” Covington said to Dos Anjos on Twitter. “You ain’t jumping to front of 170 ahead of me without a fight.”
This comment did not go over well with Dos Anjos, who replied with an admittedly sizzling burn, saying he had to Google Covington to figure out who he was talking to.
@ColbyCovMMA hey man, I had to google your name to know how you are. Keep begging.
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) March 14, 2017
“Hey man, I had to Google your name to know [who] you are,” Dos Anjos said. “Keep begging.”
Needless to say, Dos Anjos doesn’t seem particularly interested in a bout with Covington at this juncture. That said, you’ve got to respect the welterweight prospect for trying.
Who do you want to see welcome Rafael Dos Anjos to the welterweight division? Sound off, PENN Nation!
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/14/2017.