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Rafael dos Anjos


Win Rate
69 %
Finish Rate
48 %
Decision Win %
62 %

Rafael dos Anjos

5' 8 (173 cm)
70 in. (5' 10/178 cm)
Main Division
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach
Aldo "Caveirinha" Januário and Philipe "Furão" della Monica
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank
In a 2014 interview, dos Anjos stated that he was a troubled child, getting into fights in his hometown Niterói, Rio de Janeiro. He originally started training Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Daniel Matheus at the age of nine. According to dos Anjos, he stopped fighting on the streets when he began training jiu jitsu.
Combat Approach
Dos Anjos is known for his aggressive, high-volume striking, physical strength, and strong takedown capabilities. He will often come out aggressively in a Muay Thai stance, then use feints and kicks to back his opponent against the cage while swarming them with flurries of punches as well as takedowns. He is particularly noted for his left kick to the body and right hook to the head; he uses these strikes to limit his opponent's lateral movement as they attempt to get their backs away from the fence.
Fighter Trivia
After receiving a broken jaw in the Guida fight, dos Anjos now has a titanium-fused jaw that he claims has broken some hands of later opponents. Dr. Johnny Benjamin has disagreed with dos Anjos, pointing out that the titanium plate in his jaw is measured in millimeters. On December 20, 2019, dos Anjos revealed on social media that he and his family have become naturalized U.S. citizens.

Awards & Accolades

  • UFC: UFC Lightweight Championship (One time). One successful title defense
  • UFC: One successful title defense
  • UFC: Fight of the Night (Three times) vs. Tyson Griffin, Tony Ferguson, and Paul Felder
  • UFC: Submission of the Night (One time) vs. Terry Etim
  • UFC: Performance of the Night (Four times) vs. Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis, Benson Henderson, and Neil Magny
  • UFC: Most unanimous decision wins in UFC history (11)
  • UFC: Most unanimous decision wins in UFC Lightweight history (7) (tied with Francisco Trinaldo)
  • UFC: Second most total fight time in UFC history (7:53:29)
  • UFC: Tied for sixth most wins in UFC history (20) (w. Jon Jones, Dustin Poirier, Michael Bisping, Georges St-Pierre)
  • UFC: Second most decision fights in UFC history (20)
  • UFC: One successful title defense
  • Fight Matrix: Lineal MMA Lightweight Champion (One time, Former)
  • World Jiu-Jitsu Championship: 2003 Purple Belt Peso Leve: 1st Place
  • Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship: 2004 Brown Belt Peso Leve: 3rd Place
  • Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship: 2005 Brown Belt Peso Leve: 3rd place
  • European Championship: 2006 Black Belt Peso Leve: 3rd place

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Fighter Videos

On This Day: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Rafael dos Anjos | Free Fight
Fight Night Phoenix: Rafael dos Anjos Highlights


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