Former Champions United: Dos Anjos to Train With Aldo Before Facing Makhachev

By Marcelo Alonso Aug 21, 2020

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Iron will once again sharpen iron, as two Brazilian legends will train together to prepare for a big matchup.

Following the story released on Wednesday, former lightweight king Rafael dos Anjos (29-13) has confirmed his return to the lightweight division against Islam Makhachev (18-1) at UFC 254. The two will be squaring off on Oct. 24, and the location has not yet been determined although it is likely slated for Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In his return to the division he ruled from 2014 to 2015, dos Anjos will be changing up his training and going to Nova Uniao.

Ex-featherweight champ Jose Aldo revealed to Brazilian outlet Ag. Fight on Thursday that dos Anjos will be joining him in the camp. According to Aldo, everything began when dos Anjos reached out to find the nutritionist that helped Aldo reach the 135-pound division twice. From there, the two struck up a kinship after sharing the same trainer, and they decided to train together.

“I told him about the amount of top lightweight fighters we have here in Nova Uniao,” Aldo said, “and of course the leadership of Dede [Andre Pederneiras] were two important points of his decision.”

Former champions Aldo and dos Anjos are in similar situations in UFC. When he moved up a division, dos Anjos went 4-4 as a welterweight, earning victories over Robbie Lawler, Neil Magny, Kevin Lee and Tarec Saffiedine. The longtime lightweight had struggled recently, losing four of five inside the Octagon. Formerly representing Kings MMA, dos Anjos has struggled to find a home with Evolve MMA and his own RDA Academy, before making the choice to join the ranks of Nova Uniao.

Considered the best featherweight fighter in MMA history, Aldo is coming off two defeats in his new division of bantamweight. Before leave his natural category, Aldo had won and lost three following the loss of his crown and nine years of invincibility to Conor McGregor. Aldo concluded by noting that he was planning on taking a fight some time in November, so that their training camps will coincide with one another.

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