UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos stunned the world when he destroyed Anthony Pettis for five rounds earlier this year.
Saturday night at UFC on FOX 17, dos Anjos successfully defended his title for the first time with a quick finish of Donald Cerrone.
However, many still do not believe the Brazilian to be a top fighter – and that’s alright with dos Anjos.
“I’m not sitting on my couch watching TV. I work hard. I do everything over and over. I’m working hard,” he said, during an interview on the post-fight show. “I’m surrounded by the best guys. We have a great team at Kings MMA. We don’t have a fight team we have a family. My family supports me. Now is my time. I’ve passed through bad moments in my career. It’s been preparing me for this journey. I’m happy to always evolve. I’m able to improve all the time.
“People are going to remember you for your last opponent, not for your whole career. It’s sad. I think this is something that challenges me every time. I’m going to keep doing my job and stay on top a long time.”
Dos Anjos (25-7) has now won five in a row, besting the likes of Cerrone, Pettis, Nate Diaz, Benson Henderson and Jason High since a 2014 loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov via decision.