“I was a little surprised (when they offer me the Diaz fight). But the title fight is already scheduled, Khabib (Nurmagomedov) is injured, (Donald) Cerrone and Eddie Alvarez are set to fight. Everybody is scheduled to fight, so Nate Diaz is back. He’s a tough fighter who fought for the title already, and he has a good name, so I think it’s a good fight for me.”
“I like to fight opponents that are taller than me. I think it’s a good match-up for me,” the Brazilian said. “His fighting style doesn’t help him. Keeping your hands low is dangerous. I will throw my hands hard on him. I’m going for the knockout – my third straight knockout.
“I will work with a lot of kicks, and he doesn’t kick that much. And I can also take him down and work on top. That’s the game plan.”
“…Khabib is out with an injury, Melendez is fighting for the title now, and I’ve beaten Cerrone already. Alvarez got to the UFC now and makes no sense to have him fighting for the title if he beats Cerrone. I think I should have the next title shot.”
– Rafael dos Anjos via mmafighting.com