Former lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos, wants a big challenge for his debut in the welterweight division.
Former UFC lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos, wants his welterweight division debut to be a big challenge. As he revealed to Combate, he doesn’t want to waste anytime getting a tune-up fight and believes Nick Diaz would be a good name to start the new title run.
“I’ve been talking about this. I’ve been thinking Nick Diaz would be a good fight. I have some history with his brother and he’s just there, not fighting. But I don’t know if he wants to fight now.
“People ask me if I really want to start against those guys. I came to this weight class to do fights that matter, not fighters who would only serve as a way up the ladder for me. I’ve been training a lot of boxing. Everybody trains jiu-jitsu and muay thai, but they forget the basic principles of boxing and that makes a difference.”
Rafael dos Anjos ended his lightweight run on two-fight losing skid, defeated by Eddie Alvarez and Tony Ferguson. His last win was December 2015, when he TKO’d Donald Cerrone in the first round.