Rafael dos Anjos leaves Kings MMA, plans to start his own gym

Rafael dos Anjos has decided to part ways with his long-time gym, Kings MMA.

The former lightweight champion experienced the majority of his success in the UFC while training under head coach Rafael Cordeiro, who is also known for having trained the likes of Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, Mauricio Rua, and Fabricio Werdum. However, after losing his title to Eddie Alvarez via first-round knockout at UFC Fight Night 90, dos Anjos decided to make adjustments to his fight preparation.

In an interview with Combate, dos Anjos, 32, discussed his future plans for starting his own gym and how he is preparing for his upcoming fight against Tony Ferguson.

“I haven’t opened my own gym yet, but it’s a matter of time,” dos Anjos said. “I really left Kings MMA, it wasn’t working anymore. I’m among friends now, with good people around me and I won’t stop training hard. I’m a well-liked guy, I have good friends, it’s unfortunate that it didn’t work. Now it’s time to move on, nothing changes.”

After spending the first half of his camp training at Kings MMA under Cordeiro, dos Anjos spent some time doing high-altitude mountain training before heading down to Mexico City to acclimate.

“It turned out to be one of the most fun camps I ever had,” he said. “I’m very much in sync with the people. We trained in the mountains of Mammoth for 20 days and now we moved down to Mexico City just 10 days before the fight and it’s been great. It’s a really cool experience and I’m dropping weight nicely, thank God. Everything is perfect.”

While the exact reason that dos Anjos chose to part ways with the gym wasn’t revealed, it seems that no hard feelings were involved. Cordeira believes that dos Anjos will still be successful on his own.

“Rafael is assembling his own team,” Cordeiro said. “We had some talks during his preparation, since half of his camp was here in the gym. In the last talk, we decided we should each go our separate ways. He’ll go down a successful path, just like he has done so far. He’ll be champion again, for sure. I can tell from what I have seen in the gym, just like we will still be training athletes to be champions over here. Ever since his first fight up until now, he had 10 fights and only two losses. That’s a very good partnership. I’m sure Rafael will have the belt again soon.”

Dos Anjos will take on #3 ranked Tony Ferguson on November 5 in the main event of UFC Fight Night 98 at Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City.


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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