Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu CoachStuart Cooper and Bruninho Barbosa
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Biography(references)Fiziev was born in Korday, Kazakhstan, to an Azerbaijani father and a Russian mother. When he was a child, Fiziev's dad bought him and his cousins boxing gloves and told them to spar. It wasn't until he changed schools as a teenager that Fiziev took up Muay Thai at the age of 11 due to being bullied. When switching from Thai boxing to MMA, he says learning the grappling was the toughest part but his striking and standup required adjusting as well.
Fighter Trivia(references)Outside of fighting, Fiziev enjoys blacksmithing with an emphasis on cold steel arms. In 2021, Fiziev revealed he would no longer be representing his home country of Kyrgyzstan during his UFC bouts due to the country's religious discrimination of Shia Muslims. He has since made Phuket, Thailand his primary residence.
Awards & Accolades
UFC: Fight of the Night (two times) vs. Marc Diakiese and Bobby Green
UFC: Performance of the Night (Three times) vs. Renato Moicano, Brad Riddell and Rafael dos Anjos
Combat Press: 2021 Breakout Fighter of the Year
Kyrgyz Muaythai Federation: 3x Kyrgyzstan Muay Thai Champion (2007, 2008, and 2009)
International Federation of Muaythai Associations: 2009 IFMA World Championships Junior
International Federation of Muaythai Associations: 2011 Kazakhstan National Champion
International Federation of Muaythai Associations: 2016 IFMA World Championships (B-class) -71 kg
World Muaythai Federation: 2010 WMF Intercontinental -63.5 kg Champion
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