UFC Fight Night 49 Results: 3 Fights for Rafael Dos Anjos to Take Next
Rafael dos Anjos pulled off a huge upset Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 49 with his first-round TKO over former lightweight champion Benson Henderson.
Dos Anjos was ranked No. 5 in the division going into the fight, and Henderson was ranked No. 1. This win is sure to move Dos Anjos up in the rankings, possibly into the Top Three.
Dos Anjos finds himself in a difficult position now, as there are few fighters ranked higher than him that he could fight next. He will likely have to face an opponent ranked lower in the division, but there are plenty of options that could make for great fights.
Bobby Green is on an eight-fight win streak, including all four of his fights in the UFC. His last fight was a split-decision victory over Josh Thomson, who is currently ranked No. 6.
Green was supposed to face Donald Cerrone at UFC 178, but after Eddie Alvarez was signed, the former Bellator champ was slotted into the fight against Cerrone, leaving Green without an opponent.
Dos Anjos didn't look to take too much damage against Henderson, so if he's looking for a quick turnaround, a fight with Green would make sense.
Donald Cerrone faced off against Dos Anjos last year, and Dos Anjos scored a unanimous-decision victory in that fight.
Since that time, Dos Anjos has gone 2-1 (including his win Saturday), and Cerrone has gone 4-0 with two submissions, two knockouts and four fight-night bonuses.
Cerrone is ranked No. 4, and Dos Anjos was ranked No. 5 before his win. A rematch between these two, while taking place very soon after their previous fight, would be highly entertaining.
Cerrone is set to face off against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 178, and should Alvarez come out of that victorious, then maybe Alvarez could face off against Dos Anjos for the next shot at the lightweight title.
Winner of Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez
Later this year, Anthony Pettis will look to defend his lightweight title against the former Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez.
Pettis won the title last year with a first-round submission over Benson Henderson. He has yet to defend the championship.
Gilbert Melendez is 1-1 in the UFC. He lost his debut, a title fight against Henderson, but he rallied in his second fight, scoring a unanimous decision over Diego Sanchez.
Dos Anjos definitely has a case for a title shot, especially after knocking out the No. 1-ranked fighter, but if he isn't looking for a long layoff, then he may fight again before meeting the champion.