Former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos has recently announced that he’s changing weight classes, he moved up to the welterweight division. Dos Anjos has a good reason behind the change in weight classes.
“I'm killing myself to make 155, and [without the championship] I'm not making much money,” Dos Anjos said to ESPN. “I would make 155 pounds for a super fight or something, but for what I'm making today? No, it's not worth making 155.”
Dos Anjos looks back at UFC Fight Night 80 as the night things started to change.
“My coaches took me out of the bath and placed me on the bed,” Dos Anjos recalled. “I came back for a couple seconds and passed out again. I came back and passed out a third time. I was almost out for three minutes, they said. At one point, they said, 'Let's call 911 and cancel the fight.' I woke up and asked them what was going on. And after all that, I still didn't know if I had made the weight. So I had to check my weight, but I couldn't stand up. I lied down with a cold towel on my head. It took me about 40 minutes to get up. I checked my weight, and it said 155. If I hadn't been on weight, there's no way I could do any more. I couldn't do it. On the walk to the weigh-ins, I was just feeling miserable.”
Dos Anjos won the UFC Lightweight Title by defeating Anthony Pettis at UFC 185, he would lose it to Eddie Alvarez at UFC Fight Night 80.