UFC lightweight, Rafael Dos Anjos, is riding a 4-fight win streak coming into tonight’s fight with Donald Cerrone. He credits that success to his repaired jaw, an injury he sustained in a bout against Clay Guida.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
Rafael Dos Anjos (19-6) will face Donald Cerrone (20-5-1) tonight at UFC Fight Night 27, and when he does so it will be with newfound confidence in his chin.
That is not to say, of course, that Dos Anjos had a weak chin to begin with. Of his 6 professional losses, Dos Anjos only suffered one knockout. But in 2010 at UFC 117, Dos Anjos lost to Clay Guida due to a broken jaw.
“That break happened when we were openly trading during the first minute of our fight,” he told MMAJunkie.com. “He broke my mandible in two parts, but I kept on fighting.”
Since that time, Dos Anjos went on a 5-1 streak in the UFC, only losing a split-decision to Gleison Tibau. He credits his success, oddly enough, to his jaw.
“Nowadays, I have 20 screws and four titanium plates. Since then I broke two hands with my chin: Tibau’s and [Anthony] Njokuani’s.”
The loss to Tibau is probably the one blemish standing in his way from sitting amongst the top five contenders at 155 lbs. Even still, Dos Anjos says that it helped him feel more confident in his injury.
“It was a compicated, tough and competitive fight. If it goes to the judges, there’s not much point to complaining. Two of the judges gave him the nod, but I was doing well in that fight- except that toward the end of round 2, he came very close to finishing the fight.
“I was almost knocked out, but I toughed it out. I felt I won rounds 1 and 3, but that’s how it goes. I keep trainig hard. I have better training partners now. I moved to the U.S. I train harder here. Things have improved for me.”
Considering the move, the confidence, and the win-streak, Dos Anjos cannot help but feel that his climb to the top of the UFC’s lightweight division is coming to fruition.
“It’s my [13th] fight in the UFC and my first co-main-event spot. Now is my time. I’m going to win decisively. I want to fight for the belt. It’s my dream, and it’s why I moved to this country. I am uninjured for this fight, as opposed to the previous one where I had various setbacks. I now I’m coming out on top.”
You can catch Dos Anjos fight Donald Cerrone tonight at UFC Fight Night 27. Their fight falls on the main card, which airs live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 8pm/5pm ETPT. The preliminary bouts will begin as early as 5pm/2pm ETPT airing on Facebook and then on FOX Sports 2.Tags: Donald Cerrone, mma, MMA NEWS, Rafael dos Anjos, ufc, ufc fight night, UFC FIght Night 27, ufc news, UFC on FOX Sports 1, ufc on fs1