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Rafael Dos Anjos outstrikes, dominates Njokuani

Rafael Dos Anjos outstrikes, dominates Njokuani

July 11, 2012

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Relentless was the name of the game for Rafael Dos Anjos.

The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt took a page out of Anthony Njokuani’s book, using the threat of his takedowns to set up the kind of striking Njokuani typically displays. Dos Anjos ate a few punches here and there, but mostly dominated en route to a unanimous decision victory.

The lightweight bout opened up the main card of Wednesday’s UFC on FUEL TV 4 event at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. It aired on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.

Dos Anjos landed six takedowns in the fight – out of a massive 17 attempts. But on the feet, Dos Anjos established his presence early. A big left hand in the first round dropped Njokuani briefly, and when he popped up Dos Anjos was quickly in to go after a takedown.

Njokuani, who remains one of the lightweight division’s most feared strikers, had the tables turned on him in the standup game. Dos Anjos peppered in dozens of leg kicks, and did his best to dance just outside of Njokuani’s biggest strikes. But it was Dos Anjos’ often powerful takedowns that made the difference.

Perhaps the fight would have been a different story, but Njokuani said he broke his arm in the first round.

“I broke my arm in the first round and it made it impossible to throw combinations and defend,” Njokuani said. “It affected me through the whole fight.”

Dos Anjos said the game plan was to keep Njokuani off his feet with takedowns.

“I trained so hard for this fight,” Dos Anjos said. “I wanted to wear him down and keep on top as much as possible. I used my kicks on the feet to keep the distance and set up my takedowns. I’ve fought twice now in two months, so I’m looking forward to some time off with my family.”

Dos Anjos (17-6 MMA, 6-4 UFC) won his second straight and third in his past four fights – the only setback being a split decision loss to Gleison Tibau. Njokuani (15-7 MMA, 2-3 UFC) continues to struggle at putting a streak together. He hasn’t won back-to-back fights since 2009, when he won three straight “Knockout of the Night” bonuses in the WEC.

Up-to-the-minute UFC on FUEL TV 4 results include:

  • Rafael Dos Anjos def. Anthony Njokuani via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Source: MMAJunkie