Rafael Dos Anjos had some things to say about his debut in the welterweight division.
Former UFC Lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos is looking for his second belt. This time he’s moving up a division to welterweight, and he’s his eyes set on his first target. On June 17th in Singapore, RDA will take on former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine in his welterweight debut. That sounds like a tough first match for anyone, but Dos Anjos thinks otherwise.
“That’s exactly what I wanted, a top-10 (ranked fighter). I’m a former lightweight champion and I believe I deserved to fight someone ranked, and Tarec is also a former world champion, a former Strikeforce champion. It’s going to be a great fight.” -Rafael Dos Anjos
Dos Anjos made the decision to move up a class after having difficulty making the weight at 155lbs. He has never missed weight but he was saying his body wasn’t responding well to the cut.
Both fighters are coming off a 2 loss streak with Dos Anjos losing his lightweight title to Eddie Alvarez then losing his next fight to Tony Ferguson. Saffiedine lost his last fight to Dong Hyun Kim as well as losing to Rick Story in the bout before that.
“I think that something I haven’t used much in my fights is my wrestling, my jiu-jitsu, but I’m a complete fighter. But I will trade with him, and if he gives me opportunities there, I will use my game. I’ll walk forward the entire time, like I always do. I think I’ll be stronger in this division, won’t suffer with that violent weight cut. I think I will perform better in this weight class.” -Rafael Dos Anjos