I’m eleven days late posting this, but I’ve been extremely busy for over two weeks, so to hell with it.
Back on March 14, Rafael dos Anjos picked Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis apart for five rounds at UFC 185 and won the UFC Lightweight title. I didn’t get to watch it, but from the sound of things, it was complete domination en route to a unanimous decision victory for RDA.
Everybody — including myself — fell into the trap of the UFC’s marketing machine turning Pettis into somewhat of a Michael Jordan icon for the lightweight division. He’s flashy, eloquent and intelligent when he speaks and easily marketable (he was recently on Wheaties cereal boxes). However, Rafael dos Anjos pressured him for five rounds, beat him to a pulp and used his wrestling to apply the emphatic exclamation point. So much for the posterboy of the lightweight division. That isn’t to knock Pettis; I’m sure he’ll be back. He has every tool to return better than before. I bet him losing made arch rival Benson Henderson smirk, though.
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone will fight soon to figure out a number one contender for the lightweight title. A lot of people have it in their minds that Khabib will be the lightweight champion by the end of the year based on his undefeated record. I wouldn’t be so sure of it. I’m biased, but I hope Cerrone knocks Khabib off the pedestal MMA fans have the sumbitch on.