Earlier we passed along that Donald Cerrone plans to “kick ass and take names” at today’s UFC Fight Night 27 card in Indianapolis, but not surprisingly, his opponent Rafael dos Anjos doesn’t see their bout going the same way. Although most people have Cerrone as the favourite in tonight’s co-headliner, including the betting lines, dos Anjos has put together a nice run as of late and has taken out some notable vets (Kamal Shalorus, Anthony Njokuani, Mark Bocek, and Evan Dunham).
In a recent interview with MMA Fighting.com, dos Anjos praised Cerrone for his toughness (as you don’t get ranked #6 in the lightweight division by accident), but that doesn’t mean he’s not predicting a clear cut win in his favour. Here is some of what the 28 year-old, BJJ black belt had to say about Cerrone and his own title aspirations.
“I had the perfect training camp, I’m really excited for this fight,” he said. “I’m confident. I know my time is coming. He’s a tough guy, but that’s what I want. I want to prove that I have what it takes to get to the title. I worked hard for this fight, my family depends on this and so do I.”
“This is one of the toughest fights of my career,” he said. “But I’ve fought some tough guys and sometimes the games don’t match and you can win easily. I will win this convincingly. I don’t want people talking about it like after my last fight. This is going to be my fifth win in a row, and I’m getting closer to the title. My time will come. I’m training hard, I’m not playing here.”
How about that? Dos Anjos was referring to the fact that some people had Dunham winning their competitive bout in March, which saw him win the bout by UD. While it remains to be seen if dos Anjos can pull of the upset, much less a convincing one, there’s no doubt a win for him tonight would be massive.
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