StatsFighting style: Grappler
Height: 5' 8"
Leg reach: 38.00
Weight: 170 lbs.
Team: Evolve MMA (2009–present) RDA Academy RVCA Kings MMA (2012–2016)
Out of: Huntington Beach, California, United States
AccoladesWins by KO: 5
Wins by submission: 10
Wins by decision: 15
STRIKING ACCURACYSignificant Strikes Attempted: 3644
Significant Strikes Landed: 1716
TAKEDOWN ACCURACYTakedowns Attempted: 184
Takedowns Landed: 45
Rafael dos Anjos is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is a former UFC Lightweight Champion, having held the title from 2015 to 2016. Dos Anjos is also a former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Welterweight Champion.
Dos Anjos was born on October 26th, 1984 in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil and began training jiu-jitsu when he was just nine years old. He started his MMA career in 2004 and quickly compiled an impressive record of 19 wins and 4 losses over six different promotions before signing with WEC in 2008. In his first fight for WEC against Rob McCullough at WEC 32 that same year Dos Anjos won via TKO due to knees to the body and punches. With this victory he became the third ever fighter to win a major MMA organization title while representing Brazil.
In 2010 he joined UFC as part of its merger with WEC where he went on to become one of the most successful fighters in its lightweight division – going 17-6 over seven years between 2010 and 2017, before making it all the way up to Middleweight champion for two fights itself in 2018-19 period taking total wins tally within UFC stable at 30 victories so far . On March 14th 2015, Dos Anjos earned himself a unaminous decision win against Anthony Pettis becoming UFC’s lightweight champion thus creating history as first ever fighter from Brazil clinch world title within premier promotion of MMA . Rafael would go on defend his title once against Donald Cerrone but lost it out Al Iaquinta some time later setting new ground by competing across three weight classes during his career starting off with featherweight , light weight & then middlewieght class eventually ending championship run by losing bout versus current reigning king Israel Adesanya .
Despite loss Rafael continues fighting even today up until recently competing against Leon Edwards which ended up being declared no contest due unfortunate eye poke incident however since 31st Jan 2021 we haven’t seen action inside octagon so far though considering past track record it’s clear that Rafael still has lot left offer & we can expect him any time back soon enough crossing 50 fight mark altogether across multiple organizations thereby taking him 13 points shy away from hall fame induction consideration which seems very much achievable for fighters like him given consistency displayed throughout tenure till date .