Rafael dos Anjos continued to roll at UFC Fight Night 27 in August, by handing Donald Cerrone a unanimous decision loss, and due to a five fight win streak the lightweight moved into the division’s #6 ranking. A win over top ranked contender could land him a title shot.
This is why dos Anjos is hoping to land a fight with the promotion’s #3 ranked TJ Grant, who has been forced to drop out of two title fights, due to a serious concussion he suffered earlier in the year. Dos Anjos recently told MMA Fighting.com:
“One more win and I should fight for the title,” dos Anjos said. “I won my last five fights. I’m in the UFC for five years, so I deserve a shot at the title after my next win.”
“T.J. had two title shots and got injured twice,” he said. “I think it’s too little for him now, I believe it would be fair if he has to do another fight first, and a fight against me makes sense. It would be a good fight, and I would be one step closer to the title.”
Champion Anthony Pettis will fight Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 9 on December 14th, so naturally Grant would probably like to face the winner. The UFC may decide that the punishing lightweight should fight first, which in that case, could lead to dos Anjos. The #2 ranked Gilbert Melendez will fight Diego Sanchez at UFC 166, and the #5 ranked Gray Maynard is fighting #8 Nate Diaz at the TUF 18 Finale.
The #7 ranked Khabib Nurmagomedov has also said he’s interested in fighting Grant, so chances are the latter’s looking at a tough fight when he returns.
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