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RDA Focusing on His BJJ Ahead of Title Defense

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UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos spoke recently with Davi Correia for UFC.com ahead of his July 7 fight with UFC Fight Night 90, exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS.

“The doctor has cleared me to walk with sneakers two weeks ago, and a few days he said I was good to go with bare feet,” said RDA. “I’m already back at work, the bone is almost healed, but some tendons are still sore. I’ve been doing some grappling, not with full-power, but I can’t stand being away.”

“I remember watching [Alvarez’s] three fights, he spent three rounds all over Pettis. I believe he’ll try something similar with me. But I believe I’m more well-rounded. My grappling is better, I’m taller and this is my momentum, I’m very motivated. All of these will help me get this win.”

“I miss submitting people, I have a lot of confidence in my jiu-jitsu. I believe he will try to put me down, so we’ll see what happens on the ground. I’ve been putting a lot of work on my grappling, and I believe I can submit him.”

No discussion in MMA is complete right now without some mention of Conor McGregor. RDA and McGregor were supposed to fight at UFC 196, but the Brazilian injured his leg.

“A lot of people asked me if I was upset because I missed earning a lot of money,” said RDA. “I answer that, indeed I was sad, but not because of the money. I was upset because I didn’t fight. I have 32 fights on my record and this was the first time I canceled because of an injury. But I’m cool, because I know the McGregor fight will eventually happen.”

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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.