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

August 24, 2014

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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