Things didn't turn out as planned for Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225, but he hasn't given up on his goal of becoming welterweight champion.
The 33-year-old Brazilian dropped a competitive five-round unanimous decision to Colby Covington in an interim title bout at UFC 225 in Chicago this past Saturday. Dos Anjos compared the setback to a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight bout at UFC on Fox 11 in 2014. After that, he went on a five-fight winning streak in the division, becoming the 155-pound champion in the process.
“I am a very competitive guy and I confess I never know how to handle defeat. I did my best inside the octagon, I had the support of the best coaches in the world. The result was not mine, but nothing will make me give up,” dos Anjos wrote on Instagram. “I am a challenge driven guy and this is just another one in my way.
“In 2014, after the fight against Khabib, I worked very hard, and with God's blessing, 11 months later I became the lightweight champion. This time it won't be any different. I got the chance to fight for the interim belt after only three fights in the welterweight division. My path in this weight class has just started. I know what I am capable of, I know what I can achieve. I won't give up my dreams because of the first obstacle in this division.”
For now, though, it's Covington who has earned the right to a title unification bout against undisputed welterweight king Tyron Woodley at a later date. Covington's schtick, wh…