- Rafael Fiziev is an up-and-coming lightweight star.
- Fiziev holds an MMA record of 12 wins and two losses.
- Fiziev is coming off a loss to Justin Gaethje.
Azerbaijan’s Rafael Fiziev has further solidified his status as a new UFC betting favorite after going toe-to-toe with former lightweight interim champion Justin Gaethje in the co-main event of UFC 286 in March 2023. Despite the majority decision defeat, which snapped his six-fight winning streak, Fiziev is now a known name in BetMGM’s online sportsbook.
With his still youthful career and hunger, Fiziev can still make a run for a title, and a few more wins against other top contenders can help Fiziev’s case to fight for the title. But when will we see him back inside the Octagon? And who will Fiziev fight next?
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When is Rafael Fiziev’s Next Fight?
Rafael Fiziev’s next opponent is yet to be determined. Still, because of how stacked the 155-pound division is and how other top contenders are booked in respective fights, the Azerbaijani can be the gatekeeper of the top five contenders for now. He could fend off the challenges from Mateusz Gamrot and Arman Tsarukyan.
Rafael Fiziev MMA Record and Statistics
- MMA record: 12-2
- Wins by TKO/KO: 8
- Wins by submission: 1
- Wins by decision: 3
- Striking accuracy: 50%
- Significant strikes landed per minute: 4.81
- Significant strikes absorbed: 4.86
- Takedown average per 15 minutes: 0.36
- Submission average per 15 minutes: 0
- Takedown accuracy: 40%
- Significant strikes defense: 51%
- Takedown defense: 92%
- Knockdown average: 0.36
- Average fight time: 11:53
Rafael Fiziev Notable Wins
Rafael Fiziev’s UFC wins include Alex White, Marc Diakiese, Renato Moicano, Bobby Green, Brad Riddell and Rafael Dos Anjos.
Rafael Fiziev UFC Earnings
Rafael Fiziev’s total UFC career earnings from his seven bouts under the promotion have reached $979,500. His multiple performance bonuses have helped Fiziev achieve this figure. Fiziev received his biggest single-fight pay during his last fight against Rafael Dos Anjos, where he pocketed $176,000.
Rafael Fiziev Team and Corner
Rafael Fiziev enjoys the luxury of having two teams to train with, as he trains under Henri Hoft and Greg Jones in Kill Cliff FC (formerly known as Sanford MMA) in Florida. “Ataman” also has pit stops in Tiger Muay Thai, located in Phuket, Thailand, to further sharpen his striking there.
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