Being able to promote yourself is getting increasingly important for fighters these days but it’s not something that sits well with a lot of the older guard on the UFC roster.
One former champion who has never has risen to trash talking is Rafael dos Anjos. The Brazilian was previously subjected to a verbal onslaught at the hands of Conor McGregor when they held a press conference in Las Vegas ahead of their scheduled fight at UFC 196. Of course, that fight never materialised, but more recently the former UFC lightweight champion has been targeted by a man who competes this weekend, Colby Covington.
Despite all the people taking aim at him on social media, dos Anjos’ next fight is against a man who has similar principles, Robbie Lawler. Both men are known for being quiet and well mannered outside of the Octagon, but when the cage closes, fans can expect fireworks and that’s exactly what dos Anjos says he likes about the fight.
“I have to fight and get the best fight for me,” dos Anjos told The TSN MMA Show. “The best guys are ahead of me and this new generation, they try to talk c*** and attack others on social media.
“I’m glad to have this fight with Robbie because there’s no trash talk. It’s a man’s fight and that’s how I like to do it.
“We show our talk in the Octagon when we get locked in the cage. We talk with our fists.”
According to Dana White, the winner of the showdown between dos Anjos and Lawler will receive a title shot against champion Tyron Woodley.
Dos Anjos was asked what he thought about Woodley saying he was the greatest 170-pounds champion of all time ahead of Georges St-Pierre and the Brazilian didn’t agree with him.
“He’s the champion right now, but I think Tyron thinks that nobody can touch him,” dos Anjos said. “I think GSP did a lot and he defended his title a lot of times.
“I’ve been a champion before and I know that getting there is really hard, but I know it’s even harder to keep the title.”
“When you have a target on your back, everybody wants to take your spot. It what it is. Tyron is a good champion, but he just thinks nobody can touch him.”