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Despite Lucrative UFC Deal From Dana White, Former Rival Challenges Anthony Pettis for a Rematch After Roy Jones Jr Win

Published 04/02/2023, 3:09 PM EDT

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Anthony Pettis faced Roy Jones Jr. at Gamebred 4 which is owned by UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal. The former UFC fighter came out on top as he defeated Jones Jr. by a majority decision. His career got a much-needed revival after successive defeats in professional MMA at the hands of Stevie Ray at the Professional Fighters League.

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This time a former UFC rival has called ‘Showtime’ for a rematch against him. However, there are certain conditions that the UFC fighter has placed for the rematch.

Rafael Dos Anjos calls out former rival Anthony Pettis


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The former UFC lightweight champion called out his former rival Anthony Pettis. Dos Anjos is under contract with the UFC and is looking for big fights in the promotion. Recently, Dos Anjos can be seen chasing some popular names to fight against. The 38-year-old has a total of 7 fights left in the UFC under his current contract. However, the lucrative deal from Dana White hasn’t enticed the former UFC champion.

Understandably, the Brazilian veteran is chasing desirable fights at this stage of his career. The former lightweight champion tweeted about one of such fights, “Rematch in box?”.


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It remains to be seen what the former UFC fighter has to say about the callout from the Brazilian veteran as he gets a chance for revenge for his defeat to Dos Anjos in 2015.

Rafael Dos Anjos looks for big-money fights

With the 38-year-old in the twilight of his career, he looks to take fights that earn him more financial value. The former UFC champion revealed that he would much rather fight at 170 pounds than at 155 pounds unless a big-money fight presents itself.

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Dos Anjos said in a tweet, “Some of LW keep calling me out. I don’t fight at LW no more, unless there’s a lot $$$$ involved. I might as well stay at WW eating well and have a longer career.”


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This was in response to the callouts from UFC lightweight Arman Tsarukyan. It’s safe to say that the Brazilian won’t be featuring against the newcomers in the lightweight division.


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What do you think about the callout of the former UFC champion? How do you think he will fare in the game of boxing? Let us know in the comments.

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Faizan Mirza

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Faizan Mirza is a UFC Writer at Essentially Sports. He has had a keen eye on the UFC since 2015 and is a fan of Conor McGregor because of his attitude and charisma. Faizan had been following McGregor's ascent in the sport.

Edited By: Anuj Jacob