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Rafael dos Anjos

Rafael dos Anjos

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  • Given Name: Rafael Souza dos Anjos
  • MMA Record: 25-7-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: RDA
  • Current Streak: 5 Wins
  • Age: 31 | Date of Birth: 1984.10.26
  • Last Fight: December 19, 2015 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 154.5 lbs
  • Affiliation: Kings MMA
  • Height: 5'9" (175cm) | Reach: 71.0" (180cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $921,000 USD
  • Born: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Personal Pages: Twitter

Rafael dos Anjos Lightweight Ranking History

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Fighting for a major organization has made Rafael dos Anjos ineligible for regional rankings.

Gyms & Affiliations

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Kings MMA
(Primary)

Rafael dos Anjos MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout

Us Eddie Alvarez
25-7-0 27-4-0

Us UFC Fight Night 90: Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez
Main Event | Title Defense | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2016.07.07
Cancelled Bout Conor McGregor UFC 196 2016.03.05
Reason: dos Anjos Broken Foot
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:06 Round 1 of 5

Us Donald Cerrone
24-7-0 28-6-0

Us UFC on FOX 17: Dos Anjos vs. Cowboy 2
Main Event | Title Defense | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2015.12.19
Odds: -185 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $350,000 ($300K Base, $50K Perf/Night) | Weigh-In: 154.5 lbs (70.1 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
UFC on FOX 17 Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Anthony Pettis
23-7-0 18-2-0

Us UFC 185: Pettis vs. Dos Anjos
Main Event | Title Challenge | Lightweight | 155

2015.03.14
Odds: +400 (Heavy Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Perf/Night | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta | Walkout Music: MC Sapão - O Grito De Um Guerreiro
#71 Biggest Upset of All Time
#34 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2015
UFC 185 Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Nate Diaz
22-7-0 17-9-0

Us UFC on FOX 13: Dos Santos vs. Miocic
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.12.13
Odds: -300 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $86,000 ($41K Base, $45K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Jason Herzog | Walkout Music: MC Sapao - O Grito de um Guerreiro
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:31 Round 1 of 5

Us Benson Henderson
21-7-0 21-3-0

Us UFC Fight Night 49: Henderson vs. dos Anjos
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.08.23
Odds: +400 (Heavy Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $126,000 ($38K Base, $38K Bonus, $50K Perf/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#27 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2014
UFC Fight Night 49 Performance of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:36 Round 2 of 3, 8:36 Total

Us Jason High
20-7-0 18-4-0

Us UFC Fight Night 42: Henderson vs. Khabilov
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.06.07
Odds: -270 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $64,000 ($32K Base, $32K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ru Khabib Nurmagomedov
20-6-0 21-0-0

Us UFC on FOX 11: Werdum vs. Browne
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.04.19
Odds: +265 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $32,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Cancelled Bout Rustam Khabilov UFC 170 2014.02.22
Reason: Khabilov Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Donald Cerrone
19-6-0 20-5-0

Us UFC Fight Night 27: Condit vs. Kampmann 2
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.08.28
Odds: -115 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Evan Dunham
18-6-0 14-3-0

Br UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.05.18
Odds: -220 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ca Mark Bocek
17-6-0 11-4-0

Ca UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.11.17
Odds: -215 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ng Anthony Njokuani
16-6-0 16-6-0

Us UFC on FUEL TV 4: Munoz vs. Weidman
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.07.11
Odds: -190 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Marcos Rosales
Win | Submission | Choke
1:40 Round 1 of 3

Ir Kamal Shalorus
15-6-0 7-2-2

Us UFC on FUEL TV 3: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.05.15
Odds: -375 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $32,000 ($16K Base, $16K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Todd McGovern
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Gleison Tibau
15-5-0 25-7-0

Us UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.11.19
Odds: +135 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $16,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Jason McCoy
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
0:59 Round 1 of 3

Au George Sotiropoulos
14-5-0 14-3-0

Us UFC 132: Cruz vs Faber II
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.07.02
Odds: +190 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $28,000 ($14K Base, $14K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
#29 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
Loss | Submission | Injury
1:51 Round 3 of 3, 11:51 Total

Us Clay Guida
14-4-0 26-11-0

Us UFC 117: Silva vs Sonnen
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.08.07
Odds: -130 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $12,000 Base | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: NX Zero - Só Rezo
#47 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
Win | Submission | Armlock
4:30 Round 2 of 3, 9:30 Total

Gb Terry Etim
13-4-0 14-2-0

Ae UFC 112: Invincible
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.04.10
Odds: +130 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $75,000 Sub/Night | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard | Walkout Music: DMX - Get It on the Floor
#42 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
UFC 112 Submission of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Kyle Bradley
12-4-0 14-6-0

Us UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard vs Diaz
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.01.11
Odds: -383 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $16,000 ($8K Base, $8K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs)
Cancelled Bout Matt Wiman UFC 103 2009.09.19
Reason: Wiman Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Rob Emerson
11-4-0 9-7-0

Us UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.09.19
Odds: -140 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Kerry Hatley
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Tyson Griffin
11-3-0 12-2-0

Us UFC Fight Night 18: Condit vs. Kampmann
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.04.01
Odds: +395 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
UFC Fight Night 18 Fight of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:39 Round 3 of 3, 10:39 Total

Us Jeremy Stephens
11-2-0 15-3-0

Us UFC 91: Couture vs Lesnar
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2008.11.15
Odds: +136 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $4,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#65 Greatest Knockout of All Time
UFC 91 Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Split

Jp Takafumi Otsuka

Br Rio de Janeiro Regional

2008.07.12
Win | Submission | Armlock

Jp Takaichi Hirayama

Jp Pancrase

2008.06.01
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Br Gabriel Miglioli

Br Sao Paulo Regional

2007.12.06
Win | Submission | Shoulder

Br Danilo Cherman

Br Rio de Janeiro Regional

2007.08.04
Win | Submission | Choke

Br Thiago Meller

Br Brazil Regional

2007.04.29
Win | Submission | Choke

Br Maurício Reis

Br Brazil Regional

2007.04.29
Win | Submission | Choke

Br Johil de Oliveira

Br Brazil Regional

2007.04.14
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Br Mateus Trindade

Br Shooto Brazil

2007.03.24
Win | Submission | Armlock

Br Diogo Oliveira

Br Rio de Janeiro Regional

2006.10.25
Loss | Decision | Split

Br Jorge Britto

Br Brazil Regional

2005.06.04
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Br Felipe Arinelli

Br Minas Gerais Regional

2005.04.16
Win | Decision

Br João Paulo Alves

Br Minas Gerais Regional

2004.10.09
Loss | Decision | Split

Adriano Abu

Br Minas Gerais Regional

2004.09.25

Rafael dos Anjos Wiki Update Wiki

After racking up an impressive record of 11-2—mainly in his native country of Brazil—to start his MMA career, Rafael dos Anjos, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Aldo “Caveirinha” Januario de Oliveira, entered the UFC in 2008. Dos Anjos became infamous following his third-round loss to power-puncher Jeremy Stephens, as he was knocked out with a vicious uppercut after winning the majority of the fight. Dos Anjos would go on to lose his next fight in a competitive unanimous decision to lightweight stalwart Tyson Griffin.


Dos Anjos has since gone 7-2 including wins over George Sotiropoulos, Anthony Njokuani, and Mark Bocek. Dos Anjos has established himself as a lightweight with the grit, determination, and skill necessary to make it to the top of the division. Riding a three fight win streak Dos Anjos would keep the streak going when he won a very close decision against Evan Dunham at UFC on FX 8. And he would add to it making it five straight when he won a decision over Donald Cerrone, a win that certainly moves him up the rankings. He would however lose his next bout to Russian sensation Khabib Nurmagomedov. He would bounce back impressively with a 2nd round TKO over Jason High and then and even more impressive first round TKO over former champion Benson Henderson. He would pick up his third straight win with a dominant decision over Nate Diaz.

Following the win over Diaz it was announced that Dos Anjos would finally receive a shot at the title against Anthony Pettis. He was able to pull off the upset and win in a dominant five round decision over Pettis becoming the first Brazilian lightweight champion.

Last updated 03.18.2015, 3:48 PM ET
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