Rafael dos Anjos has bean tearing it up inside the Octagon over the last couple of years, wining seven of eight since 2012, including his current two-fight win streak which includes an impressive knockout (KO) victory over former lightweight champ, Benson Henderson.
His lone loss in that span is to undefeated (22-0, 6-0 UFC) Russian star, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Still, despite "RDA's" impressive run -- which includes a victory over Donald Cerrone -- he hasn't felt the love from mixed martial arts (MMA) fans and media. And he doesn't understand why.
He explained his concerns during an interview on The MMA Hour:
"I've been on a roll for a long time. I've been in UFC for six years, so I have 16 fights in the UFC, I've beaten the top guys since I've moved here. I moved here to chase my dream three years ago. Since I've moved to California, I've improved a lot my skills and I have been showing the people this. But, I feel people don't give me the respect that I deserve. That's what I feel."
"I don't know, man. I ask myself all the time. But think I just have to keep beating people, keep winning my fights. I think I have to use my voice to get the belt. That's what I want. I think people who just join UFC, get a lot of hype like Conor McGregor. Guys that go out and get a few fights and get a lot of hype, it's because they talk, they talk a lot. I'm not that type of guy, I prefer people see me because I'm winning my fights. That's how I want people to see me. But maybe I need to talk more and call people out. It's not how I am, but I feel I need to do this to bring the attention more to me."
He does have a legit gripe. After all, how many people can say they have wins over "Smooth" and "Cowboy?" The only other person who can lay claim to that is current division champion, Anthony Pettis.
If that weren't enough, Dos Anjos isn't getting love in the digital world, either, as he was left off the EA Sports UFC video game; much to the disappointment of his kids. Something he was unaware of prior to purchasing the game, as it was brought to his attention after his children were upset they couldn't play as their dad.
As a result, Rafael plans on becoming more vocal in his approach to better his career, as far as media and fanfare is concerned.
Perhaps another impressive win, this time over Nate Diaz; whom he'll face in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 13 on Dec. 13, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona, will get him over the hump.