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Rafael dos Anjos Scouting Report

Rafael dos Anjos Scouting Report
(Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

 

Rafael dos Anjos Scouting Report

 

Vitals
5’9″ 170 lbs (Welterweight)
71″ reach, Orthodox
October 26, 1984

Record

27-9 (UFC: 16-7)

Current Streak

2 straight wins

Training

Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Championships Held

UFC Lightweight Champion: 2015-2016 (two title defenses)

 

Strengths

– above average reach
– very experienced
– good submission skills
– brutal leg kicks
– very good at passing guard on the ground
– solid ground and pound
– has never been submitted himself
– has shown new found KO power
– very hard to finish – only three stoppage losses in his career
– iron jaw (literally – has a titanium-fused one after Clay Guida broke it)
– among the best striking defense in the lightweight division
– lands a lot of takedowns
– striking attack is getting better and better
– really pushes the pace – relentless pressure, doesn’t gas out
– physically strong

 

Weaknesses

– undersized for 170 – used to cut to 155
– doesn’t finish many fights (until recently)
– very inaccurate striker
– gets hit almost as often as he hits his opponent
– horrible takedown accuracy
– in a slump
– left a top fight camp to start up his own


Synopsis

Rafael dos Anjos will look to resurrect his career at welterweight.