Rafael dos Anjos says he’s top option for Justin Gaethje: ‘Send me the contract’

Rafael dos Anjos wishes to combat Justin Gaethje next.

Gaethje’s (22-3 Mixed Martial Arts, 5-3 UFC) supervisor, Ali Abdelaziz of Supremacy Mixed Martial Arts, published a message on social networks Saturday declaring the leading lightweights are preventing a match with the previous WSOF champ and interim UFC light-weight titleholder.

Dos Anjos (31-13 Mixed Martial Arts, 19-11 UFC), a previous UFC champ at 155 pounds, is among the couple of extremely ranked members of the department who is presently without a battle. The Brazilian responded to Abdelaziz, and stated he’s prepared and happy to accept the match if used.

“Guess who’s the highest ranking available?” dos Anjos composed on Twitter. “I’m on it. Send me the contract.”

Gaethje, who was the last guy to combat Khabib Nurmagomedov prior to he retired from Mixed Martial Arts and abandoned the UFC belt, is presently the odd guy out at the top of the chain of command.

Charles Oliveira will combat Michael Chandler to crown the brand-new champ at UFC 262 on May 15, while Tony Ferguson satisfies Beneil Dariush on the exact same card. On The Other Hand, Dustin Poirier is set to rematch Conor McGregor at UFC 264 on July 10.

UFC president Dana White just recently stated Gaethje “probably next in line” in the department, however likewise called him as a prospective backup fighter for Poirier vs. McGregor.

It stays to be seen if Gaethje, No. 2 in the most recent U.S.A. TODAY Sports/MMA Addict light-weight rankings, will decide to await a few of the upcoming battles to play out. However if not, No. 6-ranked dos Anjos, who is coming off a win over Paul Felder, is down to reserve a battle.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.