UFC: Rafael dos Anjos reveals he will not fight Santiago Ponzininnio in Argentina due to his wife being pregnant with their third child

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Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos has exceeded all expectations and is a legit top ranked welterweight. RDA lost his last fight for the interim belt to Colby Covington, but is now ready to take on a new challenge and make his way back to title contention. He was offered a fight against Santiago Ponzinibbio in Argentina but refused to accept it. He has now decided to shed some more light on his decision.


In a recent interview given to MMA Junkie RDA revealed that his wife will soon give birth to their third child and he is not willing to leave his family in such a time of need. He stated that he is ready to fight Santiago in Las Vegas but does not want to travel to some other country, not even his home country of Brazil. Here’s what he had to say:

I don’t care who I fight, but I just don’t want to leave my family, I think my family is first. I can’t leave a young kid with my wife alone here. She’s going to get a C-section, so she’s going to need help. I’m the man. I need to be here supporting my wife and my family. That’s my job, and I’m not going to leave my family to fight in another country and fight far away from home.

(Ponzinibbio is) making a big drama saying that I’m afraid to fight him in Argentina. No, I’m not afraid. I told him to come to my gym – we’ll fight here. We’ll fight in Las Vegas. I’m not afraid of that guy. I just don’t want to take an 18-hour flight. Even in Brazil – I don’t want to fight in Brazil. It’s too far.








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