Rafael Fiziev gets the call from UFC

Rafael Fiziev
Rafael Fiziev, undefeated and on the rise.

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.


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