On Saturday night, Rafael dos Anjos defeated Bryan Barberena in the co-main event of the UFC Orlando card, setting a new record for the longest time an athlete has ever spent in the UFC octagon.
Dos Anjos utilized his grappling to neutralize Barberena from the beginning of the bout. After securing the position, dos Anjos encircled Barberena’s head with his arms and put him in a rear-naked choke/neck crank that quickly resulted in the tap.
Dos Anjos overtook Frankie Edgar’s record for the longest time spent in the octagon in UFC history, the official stoppage occurred at 3:20 in the second round.
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dos Anjos started his octagon speech praising Barbarena.
“He’s strong as hell. That guy’s big, it’s my return to welterweight, I’m so happy I got the ‘W.’ I think I’m the guy that has the most hours in the octagon.”
After securing the victory, dos Anjos attempted to complete some unfinished business with a competitor he was meant to see in 2016.
Dos Anjos remarked, “Conor McGregor, seven years ago I earned this fight. We were supposed to fight, I broke my foot. He has a couple of months to clean his body of all the s–t he is taking. Here I am. I will see you in July.”
At the presser, Dos Anjos was asked to explain why he called out McGregor. He added:
” Look at my resume. I fought everybody in it to fight somebody that I think I earned this fight I would like. I don’t want. I will not ask you for extra crazy paydays. I just want to have that fight and, yeah, July works for me. We’ll see what happens.”
He was asked: “You said you want him to get all that stuff out of his body. I’m sure you’ve seen the photos of what he looks like now. Do you think he’s. He’s on something right now. Now, when he’s out of the USADA pool?”
“He’s out of the pool. So it looks like he’s. His body looks so different. But I gave him some time to get clean.”
Dos Anjos is interested in a welterweight clash with McGregor. He might just be the respectable name that could welcome him to a new division.