Former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos closed out 2017 with a unanimous decision win over former UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler at UFC On Fox 26.
UFC President Dana White says that Dos Anjos is next for UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley after that latest win.
“As soon as he’s healthy, obviously, RDA is the fight to make, especially the way he looked in the Robbie Lawler fight,” said White on the UFC Fight Night St. Louis post-fight show. “We’re just waiting for Tyron to get healthy.”
Woodley is currently on the shelf after having shoulder surgery, but has stated that a return to action should take place in early 2018.
The one thing Woodley wants more than a bout with RDA is a shot to fight former two division champion Georges St. Pierre.
“I don’t really see a fight that makes sense for me right now,” Woodley told MMA Junkie. “There’s not any clear No. 1 guys. Some guys say RDA. We’ve got a guy who’s bumping his gums; I won’t even give (Covington’s) name any attention. I think the deck needs to be shuffled a little bit more, and maybe a fight that’s more substantial for my career and my legacy will present itself. I’m not going to say (dos Anjos and Covington) need to fight. Fall back, take a seat. I’m not going anywhere. I’m here for a while. I’m not on the cusp of giving this up. One by one, everybody will get their chance to see what it’s all about. But I really want to fight Georges St-Pierre.”
If RDA does get a title shot and wins, it would make him only a handful of fighters in the UFC to win gold in two different weight classes.