Rafael Dos Anjos Has Gameplan To Defeat Tyron Woodley

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Former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos is going to be competing for a second time as a welterweight when he fights Neil Magny at UFC 215.

Dos Anjos’ goal is to get a UFC Welterweight Title shot down the line and he is so confident that a shot will come that he already has a gameplan for champion Tyron Woodley.

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“He (Tyron Woodley) has that game of circling around, of not wanting to take risks,” Dos Anjos said to MMA Junkie. “With me, he’s going to be at risk. I won’t let him feel comfortable. I think in his past two fights, he wasn’t in jeopardy. Stephen Thompson fought very technically and strategically. Not that I won’t use strategy and technique, but I have this (stronger) pace. I’ll push the pace and he’ll have to go to work. I won’t let him circle around – he’ll take me down, I’ll take him down, the fight will be a scramble. I’ll push his pace. And I think that’s when I’ll get the better of him.”

In his welterweight division debut, the former lightweight champion did earn a unanimous decision win over Tarec Saffiedine at UFC Fight Night 111.

The former champion must first get by Magny if he wants a title shot, a fighter that Dos Anjos believes has any specialties in the Octagon.

"He’s a good fighter,” Dos Anjos said. “But he doesn’t have any specialties. He’s good at everything, but he’s not excellent at anything.”

UFC 215 takes place on Saturday, September 9 from Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.

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