What mattered most at UFC on ESPN+ 10? Here’s a thing or five…
1. RDA gets a win when he needs it most
You know what’s a baller move? Starting a round with a flying knee when it’s getting late in the fight and you know your opponent is feeling it. This turns out to be a great way to show him that you’re not tired, that you’re not going to be tired any time soon, that in fact you’ve got energy to spare, and you’re fine with wasting some of it just to prove this point.
For Rafael dos Anjos, cardio and mental toughness might have been his greatest assets. He knew he could go five hard rounds, and he also knew that Kevin Lee couldn’t stay with him at that pace. This is how RDA managed to wear Lee down before cinching the choke for the finish. The result was a win that dos Anjos desperately needed after a two-fight skid.
Clearly, the former lightweight champ still has a lot to give. Unfortunately for him, he’s already lost to both the current champ and the most recent interim one in his new weight class. That’s a bit of a road block, but maybe not the most pressing concern at the moment. The important thing here was reminding us that he still knows how to win. And a smart, savvy veteran performance like that accomplishes that goal nicely.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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