After suffering his first loss in six against #5 ranked Khabib Nurmagomedov, Rafael dos Anjos will get the chance to get back on track against lightweight debutant Jason High. The fight is scheduled for the UFC’s debut in Albuquerque, NM on June 7 at Tingley Colliseum, a card headlined by fellow lightweights Benson Henderson and Rustam Khabilov.
Rafael dos Anjos has been on a tear in recent months, but that all came to a quick halt when he met Khabib Nurmagomedov in the Octagon at UFC on FOX 11 in April. Nurmagomedov dominated the Brazilian for the full fifteen minutes, winning a unanimous decision and earning his place amongst the elite at 155lbs. Dos Anjos responded to the loss by declaring that he wants to fight as soon as possible, and he has his wish after receiving a fight in just over a month’s time.
With wins over Donald Cerrone and Evan Dunham as part of a five fight win streak, dos Anjos was close to earning a title shot, though he will have to wait a little while longer if he wishes to fight for the belt. A win over Jason High will put dos Anjos in the right direction once again, and although High may not be a ranked lightweight, he is a tough veteran with an impressive record.
Jason High will make his lightweight debut for the promotion after three fights as a welterweight, in which he won two and lost one. 18-4 as a professional, High has notable wins over Jordan Mein, James Head and Hayato Sakurai, though a win over dos Anjos could arguably be the biggest of his career. Looking to build on a two fight winning streak in a new weight class, a win for High against #9 ranked dos Anjos could even put him in the rankings for his new division. That is no easy feat, however.