Kamaru Usman Wants Rafael Dos Anjos, Who Has Different Opponent In Mind


Kamaru Usman is coming off of a knockout win over Sergio Moraes on the main card of UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh.

Shortly after the victory, the welterweight contender called out former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos for a fight.

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“You bring in RDA after taking two Ls in lightweight, he moves up, he fights [Tarec] Saffiedine who was ranked I think 14th while I was ranked 10th at the time,” Usman said on The MMA Hour. “You bring in a guy who was ranked below me and he went to a decision with that guy. He goes to a decision and then the rankings come out and RDA is ahead of me. How much sense does that make? And then he fights Neil Magny who I have been calling out for a long time, who somehow seemed to find a way to duck me, and then fights Neil Magny and finishes Neil Magny in four minutes and I just killed a guy who also finished Neil Magny faster than he did in the first round. What sense does that make? I will be unhappy if RDA ducks me. I will be very unhappy. He’s the one. He’s sitting at No. 5, which I think currently I should be. I think I could beat the champion. But right now No. 5 needs to be next to my name. ... RDA needs to see me, and if he ducks me like I know he will try to, then we’ll see what makes sense.”

Dos Anjos is coming off of a submission win over fellow welterweight Neil Magny at UFC 215 and he has gotten word of the call out.

However, the former lightweight champion doesn’t want to fight Magny. Instead, the former champion wants a shot at the UFC Welterweight Title.

"[UFC matchmaker Sean] Shelby called me after my fight in Singapore offering the fight with Woodley. I accepted it right away, and I believe this win over Magny put me in a much better position,” Dos Anjos said on The MMA Hour. "I’m ready to fight the champion and I don’t see any other guy in the division that can beat him. Everyone else ahead of me already lost to the champion or to the last contender, Demian Maia, so since I’m a former champion, and I’m undefeated at welterweight, I believe the next chance should be mine."

Tyron Woodley is the current UFC Welterweight Champion and he last competed at UFC 214, the next title defense has yet to be announced for the champion.

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