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UFC Vegas 14: Rafael Dos Anjos has his name all over the UFC record book

Former UFC champ Rafael dos Anjos faces Paul Felder at UFC Vegas 14

UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos v Chiesa Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

It’s easy to raise an eyebrow after a quick glance at the win-loss record of Rafael dos Anjos. The former UFC lightweight champion and welterweight title challenger enters Saturday’s UFC Vegas 14 fight card on a run 1-4 run. He is 4-6 in his past 10 fights. But that record is incredibly misleading if you look at the status of the fighters the UFC has matched dos Anjos against.

Dos Anjos meets Paul Felder in the lightweight main event of UFC Vegas 14.

Since August 2013, the UFC matchmakers have booked Dos Anjos against a who’s who of top-notched competitors in the UFC’s lightweight and welterweight divisions. That run began with a win against Donald Cerrone, who went on an eight-fight winning streak after his decision loss to Dos Anjos and ended in January with a welterweight loss to Michael Chiesa, who is 3-0 since he moved to welterweight.

Dos Anjos is the type of fighter that fans and the UFC should appreciate more. He is the definition of a competitor who always wants to give himself the biggest and toughest test he can get.

On Saturday, he plans on showing that. Dos Anjos, at 36, is dropping back to lightweight to make another run at the 155-pound title against Felder, who is the No. 7 ranked competitor in the official UFC lightweight rankings.

Felder vs. Dos Anjos takes place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Here is where Dos Anjos stands in the UFC all-time lightweight and welterweight record books.

Rafael dos Anjos in the UFC record book

Rafael dos Anjos
Rafael dos Anjos
Rafael dos Anjos is tied for eighth in UFC lightweight history with 21 fights at 155 pounds
Rafael dos Anjos is tied for sixth in UFC lightweight history with 14 wins at 155 pounds
Rafael dos Anjos is tied for third in UFC lightweight history with eight decision wins at 155 pounds
Rafael dos Anjos ranks sixth in UFC lightweight history with a total fight time of 4:10:41 at 155 pounds
Rafael dos Anjos ranks seventh in UFC lightweight history with control time of 1:07:56 at 155 pounds
Rafael dos Anjos ranks eighth in UFC lightweight history with top position time of 52:10 at 155 pounds
Rafael dos Anjos ranks eighth in UFC lightweight history with 1,226 total strikes landed at 155 pounds
Rafael dos Anjos ranks seventh in UFC lightweight history with a total of 39 takedowns landed at 155 pounds
Rafael dos Anjos is tied for sixth most takedowns landed in a single fight with nine vs. Anthony Pettis at UFC 185
Rafael dos Anjos is tied for second in takedowns accurracy in a single fight at 90 percent vs. Anthony Pettis at UFC 185
Rafael dos Anjos ranks third in UFC welterweight history with a significant striking accuracy of 53.9 percent
Rafael dos Anjos has the sixth most significant strikes landed in a single welterweight fight with 172 vs. Robbie Lawler in 2017
Rafael dos Anjos has the fourth most significant clinch strikes landed in a single welterweight fight with 58 vs. Robbie Lawler
Rafael dos Anjos has the ninth most significant body strikes landed in a single welterweight fight with 48 vs. Robbie Lawler