Rafael Fiziev calls out Rafael Nadal after beating Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC Vegas 58. Dos Anjos and Fiziev faced each other in the main event of the card. The fight almost went the full distance, but Fiziev landed a brutal left hook which floored the former champ. Fiziev then followed it up with a few more shots and finished Dos Anjos off on the ground.
Coming into the contest, there was a lot of discussion about who the best Rafael is in the UFC. While RDA previously held the belt at lightweight, he is clearly at the final stages of his career. Fiziev on the other hand, is much younger and very fresh in his MMA career. In a sense, it was a battle of the old guard vs the new. Although RDA fell short, he did not go out without a fight.
The 20:18 minute contest was a very close one until the finish. Fiziev showed why his kickboxing is amongst the elite in the division. However, RDA also went toe to toe with every strike that Fiziev threw. Late in round 4, Dos Anjos landed a takedown and dominated Fiziev on the mat. Just when it seemed like RDA was on his way to a decision victory, Fiziev pulled out a stunning stoppage.
WHAT JUST HAPPENED?! 🤯#UFCVegas58 @RafaelFiziev pic.twitter.com/t2ByRpPIgd— UFC (@ufc) July 10, 2022
Naturally, he was ecstatic following the biggest win of his career. Talking to Michael Bisping in the post-fight interview, Fiziev stated that he has finally shown who the best Rafael in the UFC is. He then proceeded to call out tennis superstar Rafael Nadal.
Who does Rafael Fiziev want next in the Octagon?@RafaelNadal 😅 pic.twitter.com/3Btfo5b82u— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 10, 2022
“And now I wanna say, now we know who is the best Rafael in the UFC. Now we know and now I want to make new challenge who is the best Rafael in the sport. Rafael Nadal, come here, come here!”
Twitter reactions to Rafael Fiziev stopping Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC Vegas 58
Netizens had nothing but good things to say about Rafael Fiziev’s win over Rafael Dos Anjos. After this win, he will go much closer to the Top 5 of the division. With his dynamic striking and good defensive grappling skills, he will certainly be a headache for the rest of the division in the UFC. From Alexander Volkanovski to Dustin Poirier, here’s what everyone had to say about him.
@RafaelFiziev is always a treat to watch, the man can scramble so I expect this to stay on the feet majority of this fight. Should be fun 👏 #UFCVegas58— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) July 10, 2022
Main event time— C H🖕🏽T O🇪🇨V E R A (@chitoveraUFC) July 10, 2022
Good body work from Fiziev!— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) July 10, 2022
Fiziev is so fast— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) July 10, 2022
Woooowwwwww— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) July 10, 2022
That was so insane! 🤯 @RafaelFiziev #UFCVegas58— Ian Heinisch (@ianheinischmma) July 10, 2022
Rafeal Fiziev is an animal. #UFCVegas58— Ode’ ⭕️sbourne 🇯🇲 (@OdeOsbourne) July 10, 2022
However, the bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling is not too impressed by the stoppage. He wanted the ref to give RDA more time to recover. But he lauded Rafael Fiziev for his performance.
Idk. I feel like fighters go limp all the time and “come-to” really quick. It’s a fight, isn’t it? Take some and give some.— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) July 10, 2022
I do think RDA was hurt BAD, but I kinda wanted to see “if” he could recover or not. That’s the game we play tho. Game of inches. Great win Fiziev!
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