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Rafael Fiziev KOs Rafael dos Anjos

LAS VEGAS – Rafael Fiziev retains climbing up the rankings.

The UFC light-weight contender prolonged his successful streak on Saturday evening. Fiziev (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) knocked out former UFC light-weight champion Rafael dos Anjos in the primary occasion of UFC on ESPN 39. The official stoppage got here 18 seconds into the fifth spherical.

It was a aggressive struggle that appeared to barely favor Fiziev for almost all of the struggle.

Within the first three rounds, dos Anjos (31-14 MMA, 20-12 UFC) regarded to take down Fiziev, however he was unable to. The previous champion struggled to convey Fiziev to the mat, however did have some success controlling Fiziev for sure durations of time towards the cage. Nonetheless, when the struggle was on the ft, Fiziev appeared to attach extra and general command the struggle in that space.

In spherical 4, dos Anjos regarded considerably higher. He related the cleaner pictures of the spherical and seemed to be extra lively on the ft. He additionally acquired a clear takedown and managed to get management time on Fiziev.

Sadly for dos Anjos, the momentum he picked up shortly got here to an finish firstly of the fifth spherical. Fiziev clipped the Brazilian with a left hook, dropped him, and adopted up with just a few pictures to get the struggle referred to as off.

With this win, Fiziev’s momentum within the UFC retains rising. The 29-year-old is on a six-fight successful streak, which incorporates notable names comparable to Bobby Inexperienced, Brad Riddell, Renato Moicano and now dos Anjos. Fiziev has solely misplaced as soon as in his complete skilled MMA profession, developing brief in his UFC debut again in 2019.

Then again, dos Anjos tasted his first defeat since dropping again to light-weight. The previous champion moved down from welterweight again to light-weight in late 2020. He defeated Paul Felder in his return after which adopted up with a dominant resolution win over Moicano. Dos Anjos is 3-3 in his previous six outings.

Up-to-the-minute UFC on ESPN 39 outcomes embrace:

  • Rafael Fiziev def. Rafael dos Anjos through knockout (punches) – Spherical 5, 0:18
  • Caio Borral’s def. Armen Petrosyan through unanimous resolution (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Mentioned Nurmagomedov def. Douglas Silva de Andrade through unanimous resolution (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Chase Sherman def. Jared Vanderaa through knockout (punches) – Spherical 3, 3:10
  • Aiemann Zahabi def. Ricky Turcios through unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Jamie Mullarkey def. Michael Johnson through cut up resolution (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Cody Brundage def. Tresean Gore through knockout (punches) – Spherical 1, 3:50
  • Antonina Shevchenko def. Cortney Casey through cut up resolution (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • David Onama def. Garrett Armfield through technical submission (arm-triangle choke) – Spherical 2, 3:13
  • Kennedy Nzechukwu def. Karl Roberson through TKO (elbows) – Spherical 3, 2:19
  • Saidyokub Kakhramonov def. Ronnie Lawrence through unanimous resolution (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)


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