Rafael dos Anjos certainly hasn’t been handed a ‘gimme’ fight to help rebuild him in the aftermath of that crushing first-round defeat to Eddie Alvarez at UFC Fight Night 90. In fact, Dos Anjos has been given one of the toughest assignments possible.
But we suspect that the rugged Brazilian wouldn’t have it any other way.
It was announced on Tuesday that the former lightweight king, now sitting at number two in the division’s rankings, will face rampaging contender Tony Ferguson at a Fight Night event on November 5th in Mexico City.
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Ferguson, ranked third at 155lbs, has won eight fights in a row since a May 2012 decision defeat to Michael Johnson. Of those eight victories, six have come inside the distance. This is however, a step up in class for ‘El Culcuy’, whose most reputable UFC victim to this point is Edson Barboza.
Prior to his defeat to Alvarez, Dos Anjos had won five fights in a row. That run included wins over a who’s who of the lightweight division. By knocking out Benson Henderson and dominating Nate Diaz, RDA catapulted himself into a title fight with Anthony Pettis, whom he subsequently battered over five rounds in March of last year. In his only defence of the belt, the Kings MMA representative wrecked Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone inside one round.
With rumours abound that Alvarez is set to take on the division’s top-ranked contender Khabib Nurmagomedov next, it seems likely that the winner of this fight will put himself in line for a crack at the title early next year. That’s if the winner of Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz 2 doesn’t decide to step in and spoil the party.