Brazilian athletes are taking it on the chin these days, both literally and figuratively when it comes to performing after United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) started drug testing Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters en masse.
In fact, longtime lightweight contender Donald Cerrone is expecting a completely different Rafael dos Anjos than the one who ran him over in late 2013. That said, “Cowboy” insists the Brazilian is just one of many mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters suffering from withdrawals.
Cerrone talks to MMA Fighting:
“His strength, oh, it’s going to be a different strength. We have USADA testing now, so it’s going to be all different. It’s a whole new animal. You see it a lot. Not dropping any names, but you’ve seen a lot of guys: ‘oh, wow, you look different… and your cardio is different. And you can’t walk through those punches like you used to. I like it, I’m 100-percent for it. Test me everyday if you have to.”
They tried, Donald, but you weren’t home.
Dos Anjos captured the lightweight title with a dominating win over Anthony Pettis at UFC 185 back in March. Now, the Brazilian will put his 155-pound strap on the line against the streaking Cerrone — winner of eight straight — at the UFC on FOX 17 event this Saturday night (Dec. 19, 2015) in Orlando, Florida.
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