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Islam Makhachev vs Rafael dos Anjos preview
When is Makhachev vs Anjos?
Islam Makhachev could potentially face the challenge of Rafael dos Anjos, in Late 2021.
The fight would be contested over 5 rounds in the Lightweight division, which means the weight limit would be 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).
Makhachev vs Anjos stats
Islam Makhachev would step into the octagon with a record of 24 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 4 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 11 by submission.
Rafael dos Anjos would make his way to the cage with a record of 32 wins, 14 loses and 0 draws, with 5 of those wins by knock out and 11 by submission.
The stats suggest Makhachev would have a slight advantage in power over Anjos, with a 17% knock out percentage over Anjos' 16%.
If the fight goes to the ground, their records suggest Makhachev would have an advantage over Anjos, with a 46% submission rate over Anjos' 34%.
Islam Makhachev is the younger man by 7 years, at 31 years old.
Makhachev has a height advantage of 2 inches over Anjos. Despite this, both fighters have equal reach.
Makhachev is currently the less experienced professional fighter, having had 21 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2010, 5 year and 10 months later than Anjos, whose first professional fight was in 2004. He has fought 78 less professional rounds, 53 to Anjos' 131.
Makhachev vs Anjos form
Makhachev has won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 4 times.
In his last fight, he beat Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 284 on 11th February 2023 by unanimous decision in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at RAC Arena, Perth, Western Australia.
Previous to that, he had beat Charles Oliveira at UFC 280 on 22nd October 2022 by unanimous decision in the 2nd round in their UFC Lightweight championship fight at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Going into that contest, he had won against Bobby Green at UFC Fight Night on 26th February 2022 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Before that, he had beat Dan Hooker at UFC 267 on 30th October 2021 by knockout in the 1st round.
He had defeated Thiago Moises at UFC Vegas 31 on 17th July 2021 by knockout in the 4th round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Rafael dos Anjos has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he won against Bryan Barberena at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Holland on 3rd December 2022 by submission in the 2nd round at Amway Center, Orlando, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Rafael Fiziev at UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Fiziev on 9th July 2022 by knockout in the 5th round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had won against Renato Moicano at UFC 272 on 5th March 2022 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had defeated Paul Felder at UFC Vegas 14 on 14th November 2020 by split decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
He had lost to Michael Chiesa at UFC on ESPN+ 24 on 25th January 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at PNC Arena, Raleigh.
In terms of recent activity, Islam Makhachev has been fighting more than Rafael dos Anjos.
Islam Makhachev last fought 1 month and 13 days ago, while Rafael dos Anjos' last outing was 3 months and 21 days ago.
Makhachev's last 5 fights have come over a period of 1 year, 8 months and 7 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 4 months and 3 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
Anjos' last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 1 month and 27 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 7 months and 18 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 20 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 4 rounds on average.
What are the odds on Makhachev vs Anjos?
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