Undefeated Kyrgyzstan fighter Rafael Fiziev has signed with the UFC. The lightweight brings a 6-0 record to the Octagon, having fought with the likes of ROAD FC, Titan FC and Thailand-based Primal FC where he scored a first round knockout over Suraj Bahadur.
The news was first reported by The Body Lock, which hinted that a debut on the UFC Russia card on 20 April was a possibility.
“Ataman” trains out of Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket and racked-up almost 40 Muay Thai wins (29 by knockout) before his successful transition into MMA.
Since 2015 he has won several Muay Thai titles, including two in Thailand and a Russian Muay Thai championship belt. He also won silver at the IFMA World Combat Games.
Fiziev is knows as a first-round finisher and holds a devastating win over Kim Seung-Yeon during the ROAD FC $1 Million Lightweight Tournament. Fiziev sustained a broken hand against Kim, and needed extensive recovery time, which kept him from the tournament.
Fiziev will certainly have his work cut out for him at the UFC – the promotion’s lightweight division is stacked and the top 10 reads like a who’s who list of MMA royalty with the likes of Tony Ferguson, Dustin Poirier, Kevin Lee, Anthony Pettis and of course the reigning champ Khabib Nurmagomedov.
With a solid pedigree in Muay Thai and MMA, his UFC run is sure to be an exciting one.