‘Send Me the Contract’- Rafael Dos Anjos Calls Out Justin Gaethje

Published 04/04/2021, 4:54 AM EDT


Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos has issued a call out to the former interim champion in Justin Gaethje. Gaethje’s manager Ali Abdelaziz took to Twitter to declare that ‘The Highlight’ was being avoided by the top lightweights.

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Everyone in the top 5 running from @Justin_Gaethje,” wrote the Dominance MMA manager. That got the Brazilian RDA’s attention.

Dos Anjos is also looking for an opponent for his next fight. A top-ranked contender like Gaethje most certainly fits the bill for him. “Guess who’s the highest ranking available? I’m on it. Send me the contract,” Dos Anjos responded.

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‘The Highlight’ currently occupies the no.2 rank in the lightweight division. He was stopped by the former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254 and he hasn’t fought since.

As for Dos Anjos, he returned to the lightweight division last year and earned a split decision over Paul Felder. However, one might argue it should have been a unanimous decision for him.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 14: Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil reacts after his victory over Paul Felder in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The former champion was slated to face Abdelaziz’s other client Islam Makhachev upon his return to the 155 lbs division. But the Russian’s withdrawal opened the door for ‘The Irish Dragon’.

RDA and Makhachev had been taking shots at each other recently as both are coming off wins. Now, Gaethje is also an option for Dos Anjos to fight next.

Is Justin Gaethje vs Rafael dos Anjos the fight to make?

RDA is a former World Champion and has a lot of name value; so, does ‘The Highlight’. Stylistically, the fight is a barn burner. Gaethje’s reckless style combined with his vicious power will be a tough test for the technical master Dos Anjos. But the Brazilian is an expert in his trade and he thrives in chaos.

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Also, both fighters have tasted UFC gold and are veteran campaigners. A win will make either one of them relevant in the title conversation yet again.

What’s more, RDA has expressed his interest to accept the bout. Only the UFC’s official stamp is left to make the deal done. Will the UFC book RDA vs Gaethje? What do you think? Share your thoughts.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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