Newly crowned UFC Champ Rafael dos Anjos out with torn MCL

Becoming a UFC champion comes with its share of injuries along the way, and newly crowned champ Rafael dos Anjos is no different.

Dos Anjos said at Saturday’s post-fight press conference that he felt a pop in his knee during sparring a few weeks before UFC 185. Although the ailment limited him for the latter part of his camp, it didn’t seem to affect his performance in the Octagon, as he captured a lopsided unanimous decision against Anthony Pettis at the American Airlines Center in Dallas this past Saturday night.

In addition to the partially torn MCL, Abdel-Aziz revealed that dos Anjos also suffered an injury to his nose in camp which will require surgery. The champion is unable to breathe out of his right nostril and can only use about 70 percent of his left.

Dos Anjos is expected to defend his title against the winner of the UFC 187 showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Donald Cerrone on May 23.

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