When Is Rafael Fiziev’s Next Fight?

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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Sep 24, 2023, 6:55 PM
  • Rafael Fiziev is an up-and-coming lightweight star.
  • Fiziev holds an MMA record of 12 wins and three losses.
  • Fiziev is coming off a defeat against Mateusz Gamrot.

Azerbaijan’s Rafael Fiziev absorbed a second-round TKO loss at the hands of Mateusz Gamrot in their UFC Fight Night main event fight inside the APEX Center last Sept. 23, 2023. “Ataman” was the slight betting favorite in UFC odds going into the fight but suffered a knee injury during the bout, which caused the defeat to the “Gamer.”

Despite the defeat, Fiziev is still one of the most exciting and entertaining fighters in the stacked lightweight division because of his elite-level Muay Thai striking that can knock out opponents with one strike. But when will he see him back inside the Octagon?

When Is Rafael Fiziev’s Next Fight?

Rafael Fiziev is expected to be out of action for an extended period due to his injury during the Gamrot fight. Those types of knee injuries usually take at least eight months to recover from. Once the 30-year-old returns, he is expected to fight a ranked contender because he is still among the top 15 contenders in the 155-pound division.

Rafael Fiziev MMA Record and Statistics

  • MMA record: 12-3
  • 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 $1,399,500. His multiple performance bonuses have helped Fiziev achieve this figure. Fiziev received his biggest single-fight pay during his last fight against Gamrot, where he pocketed $420,000.

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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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.