“I’ve Never Seen Anyone…” – Justin Gaethje & Rafael Fiziev React as Dana White Confirms Massive Lightweight Clash at UFC 286

Published 01/15/2023, 12:30 AM EST

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The matchup between Justin Gaethje and Rafael Fiziev is one that fans have been looking forward to for some time. These are two of the best lightweights in the world. Evidently, the fight is expected to be an exciting and action-packed affair. With both fighters known for their striking and finishing abilities, it has the potential to be one of the best fights of the year. This is a matchup that is sure to have fans on the edge of their seats from start to finish.


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Moreover, recently a tweet by ESPN journalist Brett Okamoto revealed that the fight is almost done. This prompted Justin Gaethje to reply to the tweet.

Rafael Fiziev’s thoughts on his upcoming fight against Gaethje

Rafael Fiziev, who is set to face Justin Gaethje at UFC 286, shared his thoughts on the upcoming fight. He acknowledged that it is a big challenge for him and that Gaethje is a dangerous and strong fighter. Despite this, he also expressed excitement and energy about the matchup, saying “it’s something very interesting for me, something that brings me joy.”

He said, “I’ve never seen anyone call out Gaethje. Nobody said, ‘Gaethje, Gaethje, Gaethje, come fight me.’ Not sure, maybe you can correct me. I like that. I like that. I’m the first to call him out and I truly want to fight him.

Additionally, Fiziev believes that a win over Gaethje would bring him closer to a title shot. He stated that if he can beat Gaethje in spectacular fashion. This, in turn, will easily pave the way for him to fight for the title.

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This fight is an opportunity for Fiziev to prove his worth and take a step closer to his ultimate goal of becoming a champion.

Justin Gaethje sets sights on Rafael Fiziev for the next fight!

Brett Okamoto revealed on Twitter that Justin Gaethje Vs Rafael Fiziev is close to an agreement for UFC 286 on March 18th. These two fighters are looking to move up in the division. Thus, the matchup is going to be an exciting and action-packed affair.

Justin Gaethje, who is famous for his aggressive fighting style and powerful striking, quickly responds to the tweet by simply stating “I’m in.” This is a clear indication that Gaethje is ready and willing to take on Fiziev in the octagon. Gaethje is a former World Series of Fighting lightweight champion and has notable wins over Tony Ferguson, James Vick, and Edson Barboza.


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Rafael Fiziev, on the other hand, is on a 6 fight win streak in the UFC and is looking to make a statement with a win over Gaethje.


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Moreover, fans too, are looking forward to the high-stakes and highly entertaining battle.




Himakshu Vyas

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Himakshu Vyas is a Combat Sports author at Essentiallysports. He is passionate about sports, with soccer and MMA being the sports he is most involved in. Aside from that, he follows the global soccer scene.

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