Rafael dos Anjos Knew He Would Have the Striking Edge Against Benson Henderson

August 24, 2014
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Rafael dos AnjosRafael dos Anjos walked out of Tulsa, Okla. with a win, but it was the way he walked in that set the tone for his evening.

An underdog going into his fight with Benson Henderson at UFC Fight Night Tulsa, dos Anjos said he knew ahead of time that he would have the edge in striking against Henderson. The student of world-renowned striking coach Rafael Cordeiro knew what he learned from his teacher would carry him to a win on Saturday evening.

“I have confidence in my stand-up game, which I’ve been training on a lot,” dos Anjos said during the post-fight press conference.

In the night’s featured fight, dos Anjos put Henderson down with a left hand that dropped the former lightweight champ. Referee John McCarthy stopped the contest, despite the protest of Henderson, who afterward said he was clear headed enough to continue fighting.

The finish came in the first round, which is where three out of Henderson’s four career losses have landed.

As for dos Anjos, he’s fought three fights in the last four months, and he explained that he needs to take some time to rest and spend with his family. And though he walked confidently in and out of the BOK Center in Tulsa, he’ll patiently wait to hear what the UFC has in store for him next, worrying not about what lies ahead in the Octagon.

“I don’t know about my future right now,” dos Anjos said, dismissing a question about whom he would like to fight next. “I need to give attention to family right now, get some rest.”

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  • George Sperry

    I was a true believer in Benson and I can’t believe what is happening to him. He and Gray Maynard are both going down hill at an unbelievable rate.

    • Darin

      Maynard yes, but Bendo got clipped that’s all. He just finished Khobelov a short time ago.

    • drkdisciple

      Don’t you think its a little harsh to compare Bendo to Maynard? Maynard got KO’s in 3 of his last four fights looks like he could have some permament brain damage. Bendo does not look like championship material but he could still beat many of the top 10 ranked guys!

      • George Sperry

        I didn’t compare them to say they were twins. Just that both are not the fighters they, were, could be etc.
        Benson has lost 2 of his last 4 fights in the 1st round. In addition he won a split decision over Thompson. He didn’t look that good in that fight either.

  • Denny Swain

    Dos anjos had to ko him. If it went to scorecards, chances are bendo would’ve received decision. Hes won at least3 fights that he really lost.

    • Dragon Kid

      Edgar (rematch) & Melendez were the fights he clearly lost.

  • BendoSTillHasAchance

    Bendo got caught that’s all. Fighter’s safety first, but I think Big John should’ve let it go a little more to clear any doubts. As far as Bendo going down fast, I don’t think so! He’s only two loses in a while have been to Dos Anjos and Pettis, he’s been besting the competition all this time. Maynard sucks, he should go to WSOF or Bellator to keep making a living or else UFC will give him his pink slip soon.

    • Dragon Kid

      Maynard doesn’t suck. He’s just getting old. As for Bendo, he’s the sucker who lost twice to Pettis while Clay Guida beat him easy.

      • Bucket of Chicken

        easily? all guida did was lay on him like a rug.