Watch Rafael Fiziev smash pads!
Fiziev has clearly been working on his striking skills in Phuket:
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The UFC lightweight is training with Matthew Semper, a Muay Thai veteran who has fought for ONE Championship. Fiziev holds a record of 11-1 and is ranked #11 in the lightweight division.
He has been coming to Phuket since the very start of his MMA career and fought in China and South Korea as well as Thailand before signing with the UFC. Fiziev has also competed in several Muay Thai bouts.
On February 19th (local time) he faces #6 ranked Rafael Dos Anjos in the headline bout at the Apex Centre in Las Vegas. Judging from this footage the Brazilian’s striking game will need to be on point if he doesn’t want to get knocked out by Fiziev!