source | MMAFighting.com
“I was surprised because he hasn’t fought in a year, and he’s not in the top 10,” dos Anjos said. “I wanna be in shape, stay active. I think that the only guy before me is Khabib (Nurmagomedov), but he’s out (with an injury) and will only be back next year, so I accepted this fight because I wanna be in shape and fight around the same time of the title fight.
“To be honest, I think no, he doesn’t deserve (this fight),” dos Anjos said. “But like I said, I accepted this fight because I wanna be active, I wanna be in shape, and I wanna fight at the same time of the title fight because we have a good time to fight next. I wanna have my chance. I wanna be the first Brazilian to get this belt. I wanna get this belt to Brazil.”