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Rafael Fiziev

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Win Rate
92 %
Finish Rate
75 %
Decision Win %
100 %
#7 Lightweight (UFC)

Rafael Fiziev

Age
29
Height
5' 8 (173 cm)
Reach
71 in. (5' 11/180 cm)
Ape-Index
1.040
Stance
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Nationality
Kazakhstan
Main Division
Lightweight
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach
Stuart Cooper
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank
blue_belt
Biography
Fiziev was born in 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
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. Fiziev now represents his father's home country of Azerbaijan, and he is also the first fighter to represent Azerbaijan in UFC history.

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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