Dos Anjos Win Shakes Up UFC Lightweight Rankings


Rafael dos AnjosBrazilian Rafael dos Anjos (22-7) continues to reap the benefits of being the only fighter to earn a knock out or technical knockout of Benson “Smooth” Henderson (21-4) in the UFC Fight Night 49 on Saturday as his win has created a shakeup in the UFC lightweight rankings released on Monday. Dos Anjos made a big move in the UFC lightweight division rankings leap-frogging from No. 5 to No. 3 contender in the division.

“I have pretty much confidence in my stand-up game, which I’ve been training a lot,” said dos Anjos about his effort against Henderson, “The game plan was to come in with patience, but throwing hard. That’s what I did.”

The Brazilian moves past two fighters he has beaten recently as his most recent victim dropped three spots from the No. 1 contender to the No. 4 in the division. Donald “The Cowboy” Cerrone (24-6, 1 NC) fell one spot from No. 4 to No. 5 contender. The product of Denver, Colorado was knocked out by Don Anjos last August.

Cerrone has a fight scheduled next month in the co-main even of UFC 178 against Eddie Alvarez in his UFC debut. Alvarez recently signed with the UFC after being released from Bellator.

“Anybody in your division, you would be lying if you say you weren’t thinking about it,” said Alvarez about preparing to enter the UFC lightweight division, “I’m competitive, so whenever I see  anyone in my division, right away I look at how I’d match up with the guy, whether I want to fight him, don’t want to fight him, or whatever the deal is.”

Gilbert El Nino Melendez (22-3) is a big winner in the deal as he moves into the No. 1 contender spot and is set for a fight with lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (17-2) in December. While unbeaten Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov (22-0) moved into the No. 2 spot.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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