You can say UFC 225 would have been a very historic night for one Rafael Dos Anjos had he been able to pull out the victory against his brash, loudmouthed opponent Colby Covington as he would have joined an elite group in UFC history in becoming the 5th man and 1st Brazilian fighter in the UFC to hold two title in two weight divisions.
Though he gave a valiant effort and showed tremendous poise, nearly finishing Covington in the 4th round, he came up just short as Covington proceeded to dominate the majority of the bout and capture the UFC Interim Welterweight title.
Now with UFC 225 long gone, Dos Anjos decided to share his views on the fight, as well as how he plans to improve and return to the octagon better than ever.
This was Dos Anjos first defeat since arriving in the UFC’s 170 pound division.
Here’s what Dos Anjos had to say about losing to Covington and “bad guys” in real life.
“I want to thank you all for the messages and the support. I am a very competitive guy and I confess I never know how to handle defeat. I did my best inside the octagon, I had the support of the best coaches in the world. The result was not mine, but nothing will make me give up. I am a challenge driven guy and this is just another one in my way. In 2014, after the fight against Khabib, I worked very hard, and with God’s blessing, 11 months later I became the lightweight champion. This time it won’t be any different. I got the chance to fight for the interim belt after only three fights in the welterweight division. My path in this weight class has just started. I know what I am capable of, I know what I can achieve. I won’t give up my dreams because of the first obstacle in this division. Now it’s time to see what did not work, improve, and get back to my path to the top. God knows everything. Bad guys win sometimes in real life, but at the end, the good guys always win. You can lose the battle, but never the war. Thank God I have the best friends and family I could ask for. I’ll be back soon stronger than ever. You’ll see!”