Rafael Fiziev, a rising star in the UFC lightweight division, achieved a major milestone in his career by defeating the seasoned veteran Rafael Dos Anjos. In this impressive victory, Fiziev became only the second fighter to knock down Dos Anjos and the third to finish him via TKO or KO in the UFC octagon.
The 30-year-old has made quite the name for himself not only in the octagon but also with his creative callouts after his fights. Among his most memorable callouts, Fiziev has targeted celebrities such as Hasbulla and the acclaimed actor Vince Vaughn.
The Azerbaijani native stated:
“Hasbulla, Hasbulla… you want a money fight? Then fight with me, bro.”
However, Fiziev’s most recent callout has raised eyebrows and garnered attention from sports fans and media outlets alike. Following his most recent victory, Fiziev took the opportunity to challenge none other than Rafael Nadal, the tennis legend and renowned “King of Clay,” for a battle for the title of the “best Rafael in sports”.
Rafael Fiziev has emerged victorious in 12 of his professional fights, showcasing an impressive 75% finish rate. Out of those 12 wins, he has earned eight knockouts, one submission, and three decisions, demonstrating his diverse range of fighting techniques.
Justin Gaethje to square off against Rafael Fiziev at UFC 286
On March 18, 2023, the highly anticipated UFC 286 event will take place at the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom. One of the most exciting matchups of the night will be the co-main event between Rafael Fiziev and Justin Gaethje, the former UFC Interim lightweight champion and current third-ranked contender.
‘Ataman’, with an impressive record of wins in the UFC against fighters such as Alex White, Marc Diakiese, Renato Moicano, Bobby Green, Brad Riddell, and Rafael Dos Anjos, is widely recognized as one of the most formidable lightweights in the division. With his lightning-fast striking, devastating leg kicks, and dynamic movement, Fiziev is a force to be reckoned with inside the octagon.
However, his opponent Gaethje, known for his fierce fighting style and impressive knockout power, presents a significant challenge for Fiziev. With Gaethje’s previous experience as an interim lightweight champion and his current ranking, this fight promises to be an intense and thrilling spectacle for MMA fans around the world.
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