UFC 225 featured an interesting bout between former UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos and contender Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington for the interim UFC welterweight title. Dos Anjos came in a heavy favourite with experience and tested championship caliber on his side. However, Covington pulled out a huge upset and gave Dos Anjos his only setback as a welterweight by defeating him via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47).
Dos Anjos had a shot of registering himself in the history books by become the only Brazilian to hold two belts in two different weight classes. However, the setback hasn’t stopped RDA from pursuing the welterweight gold. He took to Instagram to address his fight against Covington. (via Instagram):
“I want to thank you all for the messages and the support. I am a very competitive guy and I confess I never know how to handle defeat. I did my best inside the octagon, I had the support of the best coaches in the world. The result was not mine, but nothing will make me give up. I am a challenge driven guy and this is just another one in my way. In 2014, after the fight against Khabib, I worked very hard, and with God’s blessing, 11 months later I became the Lightweight champion. This time it won’t be any different. I got the chance to fight for the interim belt after only three fights in the welterweight division. My path in this weight class has just started. I know what I am capable of, I know what I can achieve. I won’t give up my dreams because of the first obstacle in this division. Now it’s time to see what did not work, improve, and get back to my path to the top. God knows everything. Bad guys win sometimes in real life, but at the end, the good guys always win. You can lose the battle, but never the war. Thank God I have the best friends and family I could ask for. I’ll be back soon stronger than ever. You’ll see!” dos Anjos posted.