The second half of 2022 rang in with UFC 276 last week, a card that delivered two KOs, three submissions, six decisions and a no contest. Favorites ruled the night, going 9-2-1, making them 146-75-5 on the year for 64.6%.
Israel Adesanya took nothing but criticism for his win over my release of Jared Cannonier. What I will say is the effort it took for Adesanya to make Cannonier look that pedestrian is Herculean in itself. Also, it was the threat Cannonier posed that forced Adesanya into a managed victory.
The + 415 odds on Cannonier at the close is not a release I’ll ever apologize for. That said, Adesanya is proving to be a transcendent talent.
2022 Insight the Octagon results: 15-8 (+ 4.59 units).
Rafael Fiziev (-200) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (+ 170)
Lightweight (155 pounds) | Main event
The name “Rafael” is about all these two assassins have in common.
Seventh-ranked lightweight dos Anjos, a Brazilian who is now 37, is the former champion and is a complete mixed martial artist who has faced the elite of the division for the past decade.
Grapple, strike, kick, spin, shin followed by elbow to the chin are all within his offensive arsenal, which is based in Muay Thai and BJJ. RDA has experience, craft, cardio and a durability factor that makes him a threat to any lightweight. There’s nothing an opponent can bring to the Octagon that RDA has not seen.