Gaethje’s (22-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) supervisor, Ali Abdelaziz of Dominance MMA, posted a message on social media Saturday claiming the highest lightweights are avoiding a matchup with the previous WSOF champ and interim UFC light-weight titleholder.
Dos Anjos (31-13 MMA, 19-11 UFC), a former UFC champ at 155 kilos, is among the few extremely ranked members of the division who’s at the moment with out a combat. The Brazilian replied to Abdelaziz, and mentioned he’s prepared and prepared to simply accept the matchup if supplied.
“Guess who’s the best rating out there?” dos Anjos wrote on Twitter. “I’m on it. Ship me the contract.”
Guess who’s the best rating out there? I’m on it. Ship me the contract. https://t.co/yT3CC9wHGo
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) April 3, 2021
Gaethje, who was the final man to combat Khabib Nurmagomedov earlier than he retired from MMA and vacated the UFC belt, is at the moment the odd man out on the prime of the pecking order.
Charles Oliveira will combat Michael Chandler to crown the brand new champion at UFC 262 on Could 15, whereas Tony Ferguson meets Beneil Dariush on the identical card. In the meantime, Dustin Poirier is ready to rematch Conor McGregor at UFC 264 on July 10.
UFC president Dana White lately mentioned Gaethje “most likely subsequent in line” within the division, but in addition named him as a possible backup fighter for Poirier vs. McGregor.
Dana White says there is no motive for @Justin_Gaethje to be pissed off: “He is most likely subsequent in line.”
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) March 26, 2021
It stays to be seen if Gaethje, No. 2 within the newest USA TODAY Sports activities/MMA Junkie light-weight rankings, will choose to attend for among the upcoming fights to play out. But when not, No. 6-ranked dos Anjos, who’s coming off a win over Paul Felder, is right down to e book a combat.