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Rafael Dos Anjos Believes a Win Over Benson Henderson Will Grant Him a UFC Lightweight Title Shot


Rafael Dos Anjos (21-7) has no lack of confidence that he can foil Benson Henderson’s run to the UFC 155 pound title when the pair face off this weekend at UFC Fight Night 49.

Dos Anjos spoke to Fox Sports and oozed slight amounts of ego.

“I think I’m stronger than him. I’ve been in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world a long time, I’ve been training since I was nine years old and I earned my black belt when I was 20 years old so I’ve had nine years as a black belt.  I see a lot of holes in his game and I’m going to take advantage of that,” 

In Dos Anjos’s last outing he defeated Jason High by TKO in round 2 at UFC Fight Night 42, a card that Henderson headlined and defeated Rustam Khabilov by rear naked choke in the 4th round.

Rafael is putting faith in the fact that a victory over Henderson will sky rocket the 6th ranked Lightweight into a title shot.

“He’s a tough guy, a former champion, and I think this will be a really big step towards the belt.  The belt will come, but I don’t want to think too much about it. I really want my title shot, but I’m not stuck in this thinking. I just want to fight and be exciting and that will come naturally. A big win over Benson Henderson Saturday night and I will fight for the title I’m sure.”

All in all the Brazilian gives an immense amount of respect to his adversary this Saturday and feels as though the fans will enjoy this contest the most.

“He’s a really well rounded fighter.  He’s got amazing cardio and he pushes the pace, the fans will win with this fight.  It will be a war.”

With 8 post fight bonuses between the two as they’ve competed under the Zuffa banner who couldn’t agree with him?


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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.