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Report: Rafael dos Anjos vs Colby Covington interim title fight being discussed for UFC 224 in Rio

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I think at this point, every division should have two champions. One for the fighter who wins the title, and another for the highest-ranking contender willing to defend it. Kind of how like Darth Vader did all the dirty work for Emperor Palpatine.

“Something-something-something interim title.”

That appears to be the case with the upcoming UFC 224 pay-per-view (PPV) event, slotted for May 12, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos is in talks to collide with 170-pound motormouth Colby Covington.

Dos Anjos was anointed next title contender by none other than UFC President Dana White; however, it’s hard to fight for the strap when the reigning champion is unable (or just flat-out refuses) to fight.

Hence the “welterwhiner” phenomenon.

The Brazilian is 3-0 since jumping up from the lightweight division (28-9 overall) and scored his most impressive win to date by outworking Robbie Lawler in Winnipeg. Covington (13-1), meanwhile, has won five in a row and recently bested Demian Maia in the filthy dump called Brazil.

Anyone out there in MMA land in favor of this potential pairing?

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