UFC Lightweight Rafael Fiziev Returns to Take on Brad Riddell at UFC Fight Night Event in December

Published 09/02/2021, 1:38 PM EDT
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: Rafael Fiziev of Kazakhstan celebrates his victory over Alex White in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC lightweight Rafael Fiziev is set to take on Brad Riddell in the UFC Fight Night event scheduled on December 04, 2021. The UFC is yet to make an official announcement on the same, but verbal agreements between the concerned parties have taken place.

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The card also features other fights like Alex Perez vs Matt Schnell and Claudio Puelles vs. Chris Gruetzemacher besides the one between ‘Ataman’ and ‘Quake’.

City Kickboxing’s Riddell is currently on a winning spree, as he has won 7 fights in a row. The No. 12 in the UFC’s official rankings picked up his biggest win to date over a hard-fighting Drew Dober at UFC 263 in June. The win also earned him the “Fight of the Night” bonus.

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Meanwhile, Fiziev has been on a roll as he has picked up 4 consecutive wins. He picked up his third straight bonus when he defeated Bobby Green by unanimous decision last month at UFC 265.

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Fiziev (10-1) started his UFC career with a loss to Magomed Mustafaev at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs Oleinik. The latter defeated ‘Ataman’ via a spinning back kick knockout. He then picked up consecutive decision wins against Alex White and Marc Diakiese.

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The ‘Ataman’ then picked up an impressive knockout win over Renato Moicano at UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs Moreno. The win also earned him a Performance of the Night award. ‘Ataman’ as mentioned, fought Green at UFC 265: Lewis vs Gane and picked up a hard-fought unanimous decision win. The win also earned him the Fight of the Night bonus.

Meanwhile, ‘Quake’ has a similar career win-loss record. He started his UFC career with a unanimous decision win over Jamie Mularkey at UFC 243: Whittaker vs Adesanya. He then picked up 3 more decision wins inside the octagon. The first came against Magomed Mustafaev at UFC Fight Night: Felder vs Hooker.

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His second decision win came against Alex da Silva at UFC 253: Adesanya vs Costa and his third decision win came at UFC 263 against Drew Dober at UFC 263: Adesanya vs Vettori 2. Who are you backing in the ‘Ataman’ Vs ‘Quake’ bout?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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