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#8 Lightweight Division



Rafael Fiziev

Lightweight Division

12-3-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Rafael Fiziev

athlete record


Learn more about Rafael Fiziev's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Trains at
Tiger Muay Thai - Phuket, Thailand
Fighting style
Muay Thai
Octagon Debut
Apr. 20, 2019
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2015

  • Eight wins by KO, one by submission (RNC)

  • Six first round finishes

  • Has won six of his last eight

  • Origin of nickname: “My coach gave me that nickname. In our country it means the strongest one, the one who is in charge.”

UFC Fight Night (9/23/23) Fiziev lost to Mateusz Gamrot via TKO (injury) at 2:03 of the second round 

UFC 286 (3/18/23) Fiziev lost a three round majority decision to Justin Gaethje 

UFC on ESPN (7/9/22) Fiziev knocked out Rafael Dos Anjos at :18 of the fifth round

UFC on ESPN (12/4/21) Fiziev knocked out Brad Riddell at 2:20 of the third round

UFC 265 (8/7/21) Fiziev won a three round unanimous decision over Bobby Green

UFC 256 (12/12/20) Fiziev knocked out Renato Moicano at 4:05 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (7/18/20) Fiziev won a three round unanimous decision over Marc Diakiese

UFC Fight Night (10/26/19) Fiziev won a three round unanimous decision over Alex White

UFC Fight Night (4/20/19) Fiziev was stopped by Magomed Mustafaev via strikes at 1:26 of the first round

When and why did you start training for fighting? I turned professional in 2015

What ranks and titles have you held? I won multiple national and international IFMA Muay Thai tournaments. I was also national champion in Combat Sambo and hand-to-hand combat

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting in UFC is my dream since I was a child; now it's a chance to showcase my skills to the world.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I graduated from Kyrgyzstan Police Academy and I have a degree in law.

What was your job before you started fighting? I was working as a police officer for a little bit.