I remember the exact moment I knew that Rafael Dos Anjos was going to lose last night.
It came just prior to the co-main event tilt between Roy Nelson and Derrick Lewis, oddly enough. While hyping up the featured bouts of the evening, Jon Anik referred to Dos Anjos’ win streak as “legendary.” He had made a similar comment earlier in the evening (something about Dos Anjos looking to secure his legacy as “one of the greatest lightweights to ever step foot in the octagon,” which I guess was technically true), but I had brushed it off, as I do with most commentators, as a case of simply needing some words to fill time.
But the moment that word hit my ear, I pricked up in my seat a bit. Wait, how many fights *has* Dos Anjos won now? Have I really been that asleep at the wheel? I had to consult Wikipedia, and you’d imagine my surprise when I found that Dos Anjos’ current win streak stood at five. Granted, these five wins came over incredibly tough guys — Cerrone, Pettis, Bendo — but still, the use of the term “legendary” seemed a bit hyperbolic when describing it. Like they had done with Renan Barao previously, it seemed that the narrative the UFC/Anik/whoever had decided to push Dos Anjos with was the “unstoppable killer” one — which, if you think about it, is really the only angle that the UFC has *ever* used on a Brazilian/foreign champion with not-so-great English (like how unathletic, pudgy white fighters are always praised for being a “hard worker”).
The thing is, we had never seen Barao lose when we were slapping him with “P4P king” status and other such superlative titles. We’ve seen Dos Anjos lose, multiple times, and though he’s clearly a ….View full article