Lättviktsmästaren Rafael Dos Anjos mötte under nattens gala Eddie Alvarez och lämnade arenan tomhänt då han han förlorade via TKO i första ronden. Dos Anjos ger dock Alvarez beröm för sin prestation och hoppas nu på att få en returmatch.
Det här berättade Dos Anjos via ”MMAFighting”:
No excuses, man.
I just remember the moment that I got caught. I think I end up on top, but then I remember when I was standing and it was about 30 seconds left or something. The referee stopped the fight.
I will be back in the lightweight division. I think it’s my division. I’m 31 years old. I still have a lot to do, a lot to improve. I was speaking with my coaches after the fight, trying to figure out what I did wrong. When I got caught, my hand was up. I had good form at that time. It just happened. Unfortunately, it happened with me today, but let’s move on. Congratulations for Eddie.
I didn’t feel him that strong, but I think the problem [is] most of the guys in my division look bigger than me. I think because I have heavy bones with my head too big. It’s kinda heavy. I have heavy bones, but I didn’t feel strength wise a difference with Eddie tonight.
I was the only one left, but I think Brazil, it’s where everything started. A lot of fighters come from Brazil. We’ve been doing this for long, long years. New champions will be coming. For sure, new champions will come.
Of my last 11 fights, I won 10. I really like the rematch. It’s something that I’m looking for. He faced the best Rafael dos Anjos ever. I did everything perfect for my fight camp. Congratulations to him, but I think the rematch is what I would like.