“Just Like We All Knew” – Francis Ngannou, Islam Makhachev, and Pros React as Justin Gaethje Brutalizes Rafael Fiziev at UFC 286

Published 03/18/2023, 7:18 PM EDT

The fans eagerly waited for the two lightweight titans to clash at UFC 286. The co-main event saw the duo face each other at the O2 arena in London as fans and fighters were equally excited. Justin Gaethje and Rafael Fiziev promised fireworks to the fans owing to the resumes that they possess. Both ‘Highlight’ and ‘Ataman’ wanted to secure wins at UFC 286 to make their case in the title charge.

Justin Gaethje had come straight out of a defeat at UFC 274 at the hands of Charles Oliveira. Moreover, ‘Highlight’ wants another crack at the title after only reaching the interim championship. Similarly, ‘Ataman’ also wanted to get in line for a title shot after beating a former interim champion. Additionally, Fiziev came into the fight on the back of a 6 fight win streak.

Official Decision: Justin Gaethje wins by Majority Decision


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Fans and fighters react to Justin Gaethje vs Rafael Fiziev at UFC 286

The fans reacted to Justin Gaethje winning by a majority decision. The UFC fans were electrified upon witnessing this year’s one of the best lightweight bouts. The O2 arena saw the crowd favorite take the win as the fans at UFC 286 and online were delighted by the win.

Fans certainly were delighted as ‘Highlight’ took home a victory tonight. Now, let’s take a look at how the fight went.

What happened in the co-main event at UFC 286?

Round 1 started as the crowd was already hyped up for the co-main event. The crowd was on the edge of their seats as both fighters waited for the opportune moment to strike. ‘Highlight’ looked to strike with some leg kicks early on in the fight. However, both fighters took a measured approach while also waiting to throw hard strikes.

Round 2 started with equal excitement as the first. The crowd still carried the hype from the earlier round. Fiziev‘s pace was something that was noticed by the commentators. Furthermore, there was also an instance of eye poke by Gaethje on ‘Ataman’. Moreover, some good combinations were thrown by both fighters as both fighters landed their shots in the round.


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Round 3 started with Fiziev throwing some fast strikes at the former interim UFC champion. Moreover, Gaethje survived an early onslaught by ‘Ataman’. The round also saw the American unsuccessful in his takedown attempts. Additionally, Gaethje landed some accurate strikes on Fiziev. Both fighters went back and forth toward the end of the fight.

The judges scored the contest in favor of Justin Gaethje in one of the most exciting fights in recent history.


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Faizan Mirza

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Faizan Mirza is a UFC Writer at Essentially Sports. He has had a keen eye on the UFC since 2015 and is a fan of Conor McGregor because of his attitude and charisma. Faizan had been following McGregor's ascent in the sport.

Edited By: Vineet Nandwana