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UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos discusses his do or die fighting mentality.
The last time newly crowned UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos was stopped in the Octagon was in 2010 against Clay Guida. ‘The Carpenter’ broke dos Anjos’s jaw in a wild striking exchange which forced the Brazilian to submit in the third round. Since seizing the 155 lbs. title from Anthony Pettis earlier in March at UFC 185, the champ will stop at nothing to retain his golden belt. It’ll take more than a broken jaw to stop dos Anjos from giving up his title in the future, as The Kings MMA standout explained to MMAJunkie when he touched down in Mexico City to attend the upcoming UFC 188 pay-per-view:
“Man, it wasn’t easy to get my belt, and it will not be easy to take it away from me,” dos Anjos said. “People are going to have to kill me in the octagon to take this belt away.”
Two weeks prior to his championship showdown with ‘Showtime’, dos Anjos tore his medial collateral ligament (MCL) in training and is expected to return to combat by the end of the year. When the champ returns, he’s scheduled to lock horns with Donald Cerrone. Dos Anjos shutout ‘Cowboy’ to earn a unanimous decision victory back in 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27 and despite being 1-0 up against Cerrone, the Rio de Janeiro native is not underestimating his former opponent:
“Cerrone is a great, great opponent,” dos Anjos said. “Tough guy. We’ve both been improving a lot since the last fight. I think it’s going to be an interesting, great matchup for the fans, but I will…