Rafael dos Anjos’ second UFC belt might have to wait a little longer, but he said don’t count him out just yet.
Dos Anjos (28-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC) was on a three-fight winning streak when he met Colby Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 225 pay-per-view co-headliner. Covington walked away with the unanimous-decision win and the welterweight division’s interim title, all but locking in a title-unifier with reigning champ Tyron Woodley.
The loss may have ruined dos Anjos’ perfect run at 170 pounds, as well as his first chance to join the exclusive club of two-division UFC titleholders, but the challenge-driven “RDA” is not about to let “the first obstacle” in this division deter him.
“Now it’s time to see what did not work, improve, and get back to my path to the top,” dos Anjos said in an Instagram post. “God knows everything. Bad guys win sometimes in real life, but at the end, the good guys always win.”
While the ex-champ admitted that, as a “competitive guy,” he has trouble handling defeat, dos Anjos made no excuses for the loss – in which he did his best and had the support of “the best coaches in the world.” It was his first setback since a UFC Fight Night 98 loss to Tony Ferguson in 2016 – which, in turn, followed the lightweight-title-costing knockout to Eddie Alvarez at UFC Fight Night 90.
“RDA” also rightly pointed out that, after a unanimous-decision loss to now-lightweight-champ Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2014, he needed less than one hour to claim the division’s title. At the time, he dispatched Jason High, Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz en route to a unanimous-decision win over then-champ Anthony Pettis.
As for the “bad guys” part, well, dos Anjos came just short of directly calling Covington that, but we’d guess the newly minted interim champion wouldn’t mind either way. After sipping on some “nerd tears” in the post-fight press conference, he’s stayed committed to the schtick he’s long been crafting as he basks in title glory.
Check out dos Anjos’ full statement bellow.
“Hey guys – I want to thank you all for the messages and the support. I am a very competitive guy and I confess I never know how to handle defeat. I did my best inside the octagon, I had the support of the best coaches in the world. The result was not mine, but nothing will make me give up. I am a challenge driven guy and this is just another one in my way. In 2014, after the fight against Khabib, I worked very hard, and with God’s blessing, 11 months later I became the Lightweight champion. This time it won’t be any different. I got the chance to fight for the interim belt after only three fights in the welterweight division. My path in this weight class has just started. I know what I am capable of, I know what I can achieve. I won’t give up my dreams because of the first obstacle in this division. Now it’s time to see what did not work, improve, and get back to my path to the top. God knows everything. Bad guys win sometimes in real life, but at the end, the good guys always win. You can lose the battle, but never the war. Thank God I have the best friends and family I could ask for. I’ll be back soon stronger than ever. You’ll see!”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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