On when he's coming back: "I'm projected to be back August 4".
One hardly could blame Rafael dos Anjos if he's a little unnerved about where he fits in welterweight champion Tyron Woodley's apparent personal pecking order.
RDA is scheduled to take on Colby Covington for the interim welterweight championship in the co-main event of UFC 225 on pay-per-view (PPV) Saturday night (June 9, 2018).
This is the first time an official source had confirmed about this proposed fight and it was popularly assumed that Conor was to fight the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov next. "Physically, mentally I'm at the best moment of my career and I'm just enjoying what I'm doing".
From the time he made a decision to relocate to the welterweight division, Dos Anjos has been laser focused on joining Randy Couture, BJ Penn, Conor McGregor and Georges St-Pierre as the only fighters to capture UFC titles in two different divisions. And during the lead up to the fight, Covington has kept his brash ways about him and delivered some very harsh - and sometimes even over the line - trash talk.
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"Since my first fight with Tarec, I think I was able to take improvements into the fight with Neil and then with Robbie", said the talented southpaw, who will be making his 25th appearance in the Octagon this weekend in Chicago.
Somewhat surprisingly, Covington started swinging for the fences early doors, landing solid left and right hands before putting dos Anjos on his back.
"If the Irish boy wants to try his third belt, I'll be there", said RDA.
UFC 224 took place in Brazil, and any legal issues McGregor is going through could easily preclude him from traveling overseas to fight.
"It's kind of frustrating because I beat the former champ, and I was hoping to fight (Woodley)", dos Anjos said. I get it - everybody wants to make some money, everybody wants to get big fights. But if the fight is against me, only December. "I'm just happy to be fighting and performing at my best".
"I have to win for me - for my family and for myself".