Rafael Dos Anjos Says Fight With Tarec Saffiedine Is What He Needs


Former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos will be making his welterweight division debut at UFC Fight Night 111.

Tarec Saffiedine will be Dos Anjos’ opponent that night and Dos Anjos feels that he has the perfect opponent.

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"I think Tarec is a tough guy, a former Strikeforce champion and a top 10 welterweight. It's just the fight I needed. Saffiedine defeated big names, it'll be good for me to get a win over a top 10 opponent,” Dos Anjos said to Combate.

The fighter also knows that when he makes his welterweight division debut, a career rebuilding is what’s in his future.

“I'll have to start all over again. That much is clear in my mind. I'll have to rebuild everything I built at lightweight and it couldn't be better than facing a former Strikeforce champion for my debut. I'll be able to show everyone I came to this weight class to stay,” says Dos Anjos.

Dos Anjos’ last fight in the lightweight division was a decision loss to Tony Ferguson at UFC Fight Night 98.

UFC Fight Night 111 takes place on Saturday, June 17 from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore with Rafael Dos Anjos and Tarec Saffiedine headlining. Fightful will be providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.

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