As fun as joking about Rafaels’ fight at UFC Vegas 58, the truth is that Rafael dos Anjos and Rafael Fiziev have the potential to change card battles.
The former RDA champion still has a lot left in the tank. What he proved by destroying Renato Moicano earlier this year. But Fiziyev is a younger brother. He is considered a future player in the UFC lightweight.
Will Saturday really be the time he announces his weight?
Round one and both men tried to take the lead this round. Fiziev played well and RDA fired back at him. RDA fired into the takedown and ended up taking the fence with the former champion trying to kick. legs and forced topple Fiziyev managed to escape from the RDA and jumped on its knees. After exchanging almost identical techniques for a few minutes, the RDA was fired for removal again and was stuffed again. Fiziev released with a combination that forced the RDA back. RDA tried to remove again when the round ended, but was unsuccessful.
The second lap was more the same than the first, with RDA continuing to try to remove, but Fiziev was able to easily stop them. During one topplement attempt, Fiziev was able to throw the RDA to the ground. But the former champion quickly stood up. Fiziev seemed to be getting the best trade-off. but hardly
Round three and four were more alike, with RDA trying and failing to remove until the end of round four when he was able to pick up and knock Fiziev to the ground.
The fifth round was the end of the battle. The large left hand fell and dropped the RDA, and Fiziev had to land again for Mark Smith to stop the fight.
Official result: Rafael Fiziyev def. Rafael dos Anjos via R5 :18 KO.