After dominating Robbie Lawler for five rounds in the main event of UFC on FOX 26 last night (Sat., Dec. 16, 2017) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Rafael dos Anjos likely earned himself a shot at he welterweight title currently held by Tyron Woodley.
And “RDA” doesn’t mind waiting for “The Chosen One” to heal up from an looming shoulder surgery. If Rafael had his way, Woodley would get the surgery since it means it would give the Brazilian bomber time to rest. Still, what the former Lightweight champion can’t seem to understand is why Woodley feels the need to get surgery for a certain fighter, but not for another.
“I am able to wait for him. I did enough in the division to deserve the title shot. I am not a guy that talks so much to get title shot, cursing people. I just go there and do good performance like tonight. Dana White said that, so that’s what I hope,” said dos Anjos during the post-fight press conference (see it here).
“I just beat a former champion, Dana White said whoever wins will fight for the belt. That was my third fight in six months. I have been in fight camp for six months straight. I need time off, too, go home and get better and have like a little longer camp. I hope he get the surgery done.,” added Rafael.
“He was about to have surgery to fight some other guy, but he was about to fight Diaz, but he said he don’t need surgery to fight one guy, but he needs surgery to fight a different guy. I don’t get it, but I am willing to wait,” he concluded.
Indeed, Woodley has been teasing surgery ever since he tore his labrum during his fight against Demian Maia back at UFC 214 this past summer, saying there wasn’t a worthy challenger for him at the time. But, when he was allegedly offered a fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 219 on Dec. 30, 2017, the 170-pound champion nixed those plans.
Once that fight went up in smoke, “The Chosen One” opted for surgery yet again, a revelation he made a week prior to the No. 1 contender fight between Lawler and dos Anjos. To be fair, Woodley was willing to postpone surgery in order to face Georges St-Pierre, too.
Nevertheless, Woodley says when the time comes, “RDA” will get to put to sleep and become the latest notch on his belt.
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