Rafael dos Anjos will give 170 pounds a shot.
The former lightweight champion announced his move to welterweight on Twitter, saying that he would be able to fight at his best if he didn’t make the tough cut to 155 pounds.
“I reached the top of [lightweight],” said dos Anjos in the tweet. “It’s been a hard journey to make weight every time, now I want to fight at my best, I have new goals, I’m moving to [welterweight].”
Dos Anjos won the lightweight title at UFC 185 in March 2015 with a dominant unanimous decision over Anthony Pettis. He proceeded to defend the belt once with a 66-second TKO of Donald Cerrone before losing it to Eddie Alvarez. His most recent bout is a decision loss to Tony Ferguson in November.
Some of dos Anjos’ most impressive victories include a first-round knockout of Benson Henderson as well as a lopsided unanimous decision over Nate Diaz.
The 32-year-old also recently left King’s MMA run by his long-time head coach Rafael Cordeiro to start his own gym.
No information of when or against who dos Anjos’ welterweight debut has been announced.