Rafael Dos Anjos
Dos Anjos is widely considered to be a top 10 fighter in the lightweight division, arguably one of the most stacked in MMA.
That wasn’t always the case. In fact, it looked like his time in the UFC may have been short lived after he lost his first two fights in the Octagon back in November 2008 and April 2009 respectively. He rebounded with three wins, however, but would soon drop two fights to Clay Guida and Gleison Tibau.
At best the Brazilian looked like he could be a gatekeeper in the UFC, but Dos Anjos had other ideas.
He went 3-0 in 2012 with dominant victories over Kamal Shalorus, Anthony Njokuani and Mark Bocek. His streak continued in 2013 with wins over Evan Dunham and Donald Cerrone and he asserted himself as a top lightweight in the process.
Dos Anjos’s win streak came to an end against Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, his subsequent win over Jason High has put him against Benson Henderson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 49.