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UPDATED: Before dominating Anthony Pettis, Rafael Dos Anjos tore his MCL and almost pulled out of UFC 185 title fight

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Rafael dos Anjos shocked the world by dominating Anthony Pettis at UFC 185, and apparently he did so too while nursing an injury during camp.

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The UFC has a new lightweight champion, and it was a shocking win from Rafael dos Anjos who absolutely dominated one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in Anthony Pettis. It was truly an impressive feat on its own, but apparently Dos Anjos was also nursing an injury that hampered his training during the lead up.

According to Martin it was a partial tear that didn't require surgery, but it was 'severe enough' that Dos Anjos' team wanted him to pull out of the title fight at some point. He toughed it out, and it eventually led to UFC gold.

Update: Dos Anjos spoke about the injury:

"This was the first time I had a knee injury. I couldn't grapple. I couldn't (train) wrestling since that. If you guys noticed, I didn't kick during the open workouts. I didn't kick because I was already dehydrated and I didn't want my injury to get worse."

"But (in the fight) everything went perfectly."

More coverage of UFC 185:

- UFC 185: Pettis vs. Dos Anjos results and post-fight analysis
- UFC 185 results: Jedrzejczyk stops Esparza, wins strawweight title
- UFC 185 results: Johny Hendricks wrestles his way to win over Matt Brown