UFC lightweight Donald Cerrone is definitely a bigger star than UFC Fight Night 27 foe Rafael dos Anjos and has undoubtedly drawn a lot of action as a favorite to win tonight’s tilt. Be that as it may, Dos Anjos is actually the hotter competitor at the moment, tearing through competition like Anthony Njokuani, Mark Bocek, and Evan Dunham during a four-fight run in the Octagon.
Dos Anjos spoke to MMAJunkie about his sudden surge, joking that surgery for a broken jaw had made him a bionic man of sorts.
“Nowadays, I have 20 screws and four titanium plates. Since then I broke two hands with my chin: Gleison Tibau‘s and Njokuani’s,” cracked Dos Anjos before explaining a move to Kings MMA was truly the source of his recent results. “I have better training partners now. I moved to the U.S. I train harder here. Things have improved for me.”
In terms of the 20-5 Cerrone, Dos Anjos understands he has a tough test in front of him but is confident he’ll perform at the level he knows he’s capable of.
“It’s my (13th) fight in the UFC and my first co-main-event spot. Now is my time,” said Dos Anjos. “I’m going to win decisively. I want to fight for the belt. It’s my dream, and it’s why I moved to this country. I am uninjured for this fight, as opposed to the previous one where I had various setbacks. I know I’m coming out on top.”
Dos Anjos is 19-6 in his career with ten stoppages including eight submissions. Fans can catch his fight with Cerrone on FOX Sports 1.