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Rafael dos Anjos Scouting Report

Rafael dos Anjos Scouting Report

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Rafael dos Anjos Scouting Report


May 18, 2019; Rochester, NY, USA; Rafael Dos Anjos (red gloves) after his win over Kevin Lee (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Blue Cross Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Rafael dos Anjos Scouting Report


5’9″ 155 lbs (Lightweight)
71″ reach, Orthodox
October 26, 1984


30-13 (UFC: 18-11)

Current Streak

1 straight win


3rd Degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Black belt in Muay Thai

Championships Held

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



– 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
– 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
– has fought the best of the best
– looked very good his last fight



– doesn’t finish many fights (until recently)
– very inaccurate striker
– gets hit almost as often as he hits his opponent
– horrible takedown accuracy
– lots of mileage on his odometer


Rafael dos Anjos has resurrected his career at welterweight, but he’s taken a dip again as of late. Back to lightweight it is.



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