Rafael dos Anjos Making Welterweight Return Against Bryan Barberena On Dec 3

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Former UFC Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos is back at welterweight. The Brazilian-American announced his return to 170 in an interview with “Canal Encarada”, and as per Combate, there are reports that the athlete already has an opponent fixed- Bryan Barberena, at UFC Fight Night 216 set to take place on 3rd December 3, at  Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

Rafael dos Anjos to fight at 170 for the second time

Dos Anjos is set to embark on his second welterweight stint in the UFC. His first endeavour at 10-pound saw RDA marking three back toback victories which earned him a shot at the interim welterweight title at UFC 225 but he lost to Colby Covington via unanimous decision.

After suffering four defeats in five outings in the Octagon, Dos Anjos decided to return to 155 in November 2020 and marked two consecutive wins, before getting knocked out by Rafael Fiziev at UFC Vegas 58 back in July this year, before deciding to jump up to 170 for the second time.

The 33-year-old Bryan Barberena, is, however, enjoying a great time at 170. With a professional record of 18 wins and 8 losses, ‘Bam Bam’ is currently on a three-fight win streak. Back in December last year, Barberena defeated Darian Weeks via unanimous decision at UFC Vegas 44, followed by two more wins against Matt Brown and Robbie Lawler at UFC on ESPN 33 and UFC 276 respectively.

UFC Fight Night 216 Announced Fights:

  • Women’s Flyweight bout: Tracy Cortez vs. Amanda Ribas
  • Flyweight bout: Matt Schnell vs. Matheus Nicolau
  • Middleweight bout: Eryk Anders vs. Kyle Daukaus
  • Middleweight bout: Derek Brunson vs. Jack Hermansson
  • Featherweight bout: Marcelo Rojo vs. Francis Marshall
  • Lightweight bout: Natan Levy vs. Genaro Valdez
  • Lightweight bout: Michael Johnson vs. Marc Diakiese
  • Women’s Strawweight bout: Angela Hill vs. Emily Ducote
  • Lightweight bout: Scott Holtzman vs. Clay Guida
  • Featherweight bout: Darren Elkins vs. Jonathan Pearce
  • Welterweight bout: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Bryan Barberena

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