"Yeah, I was really close (to pulling out of the fight). I couldn't grapple, I couldn't kick. I don't know if you guys noticed at the open workouts I didn't use my kicks. I was just boxing and grappling a little bit, but I was trying to avoid the kicks. My right knee hurt bad three weeks ago and I almost pulled out of the fight, but I didn't know if I would have this change again soon, so I took the chance and here I am, I got my title."
Almost no one in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community could have expected the newly minted Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champ Rafael Dos Anjos to completely shutout and outclass former kingpin Anthony Pettis last night (Sat., March 14, 2015) in the main event of the UFC 185 pay-per-view (PPV) in Dallas, Texas (highlights here). But to shut down "Showtime" on a bum knee? That must be impossible! Well, apparently that is exactly what "RDA" did as he confirmed with Ariel Helwani post-fight that he did indeed injure his MCL in his right knee just three weeks ago. Instead of pulling out of the fight and telling UFC officials, the Brazilian took it easy in the last few weeks of training, and poured everything he had into his UFC 185 performance. What a payoff.
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