Rafael Fiziev Returns to UFC Action For Fight Night

Published 10/12/2021, 7:44 AM EDT
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – APRIL 20: Rafael Fiziev of Kyrgyzstan reacts after his TKO loss to Magomed Mustafaev of Russia in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Yubileyny Sports Palace on April 20, 2019 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC fans are in for a treat, as two exciting prospects in the UFC lightweight division will face each other on December 4.

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Brad Riddell, #12 ranked lightweight, will take on the #14 ranked Rafael Fiziev in an event headlined by UFC legend Jose Aldo against Rob Font. Both fighters will try to look for a win to push themselves closer to the top 10 in the heavily stacked lightweight division.

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Riddell (10-1) is on a seven-fight win streak. He will look to continue his red hot form when he meets Fiziev on December 4. ‘Quake’ is coming off the biggest win in his career against Drew Dober. He won the fight via a unanimous decision at UFC 263. It was a great test for Riddell, and the fight also won him a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – APRIL 18: Rafael Fiziev of Kyrgyzstan interacts with the media during the UFC Fight Night Ultimate Media Day at Hotel Astoria on April 18, 2019 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

After losing on his UFC debut in April 2019, Rafael has won four consecutive fights and has claimed bonuses in his last three fights.

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The announcement of this fight also excited UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. Akin to ‘The Great’ many fans will be excited at the prospect of this collision as both men like to stay on their feet and dish it out.

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – FEBRUARY 23: Brad Riddell of New Zealand prepares to fight Magomed Mustafaev in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Spark Arena on February 23, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Their striking accuracy is also very similar to each other, with Brad striking at 59 percent and Rafael at 57 percent. Given their rankings, whoever secures a win could find themselves in the top 10.

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With Aldo and Font headlining the event, there will be a lot of fans tuning in to watch the fight card. Hence, ‘Quake’ and ‘Ataman’ would definitely love to take this opportunity to impress the UFC matchmakers and deliver a barn-burner.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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