At the APEX this weekend, a Brazilian main event is scheduled for this weekend. Former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos is set to face off with Vicente Luque in a welterweight showdown. The event takes place on August 12th and will be streamed live on ESPN+. UFC Vegas 78 is going to be a great night of fights.
Rafael Dos Anjos: Not Dead Yet
Rafael Dos Anjos has been around for a long, long time. With a 32-14 record, Dos Anjos has 5 career knockouts and 11 submissions. His debut was at UFC 91 in 2008. Fast forwarding, he won the lightweight title in 2015 by defeating Anthony Pettis.
in more recent years, Dos Anjos has bounced back and forth between lightweight and welterweight. After a two year layoff, Dos Anjos returned to action at UFC 272 against Renato Moicano. That fight was a fantastic showing for Dos Anjos. Moicano stepped in on short notice to replace Rafael Fiziev. Dos Anjos dominated and won that fight via unanimous decision.
The Fiziev fight would eventually be made and Dos Anjos would take a loss in round five when Fiziev finally put Dos Anjos away. That didn’t deter Dos Anjos as he was booked to fight Bryan Barberena five months later. He won that fight in the second round via rear naked choke.
Vicente Luque hopes to bounce back at UFC Vegas 78
Currently on a two fight skid, Vicente Luque hopes to get to his winning ways once more and work to a title shot that was once so close. After back to back wins over Tyron Woodley and Michael Chiesa, Luque looked to be on the birth of a title shot, even being linked to a potential bout.
He then took on Belal Muhammad and was wrestled for five rounds. He returned to action against Geoff Neal which saw him finished in round three.
Vicente Luque had a brain bleed in the Neal fight and sidelined him with a year long medical suspension. Now back and in shape, Luque will hope to return to his winning ways.
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