Dos Anjos moving up to welterweight division

Rafael dos Anjos has announced that he will be moving up to the welterweight division following a string of disappointing performances.

Dos Anjos lost his UFC lightweight title to Eddie Alvarez at UFC Fight Night 90 in July last year before being stunned by Tony Ferguson via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 98 in November. 

With two successive losses to his name following a five-fight winning streak, during which he beat Anthony Pettis to become champion and took down Donald Cerrone in just 66 seconds in his first title defense, Dos Anjos decided it was time for a change after spending nine years in the lightweight division. 

“I reached the top of (lightweight), (and) it’s been a hard journey make weight every time,” he wrote on Twitter. “Now I want to fight at my best, I have new goals, (and) I’m moving to WW.”

Having moved up to a new weight division, it will be interesting to see who Dos Anjos faces in his welterweight debut.