Rafael "Ataman" Fiziev

RECORD: 12-1-0
STANCE: Switch
DIVISION: Lightweight
HEIGHT: 5' 8"
REACH: 71"
LEG REACH: 40.00
WEIGHT: 155 lbs.
TEAM: Phuket Top Team
NATIONALITY: Korday, Kazakhstan
RESIDENCE: Kyrgyzstan
AGE: 29





Significant Strikes Attempted: 796
Significant Strikes Landed: 400


Takedowns Attempted: 5

Latest Bouts:

Justin Gaethje
Rafael Fiziev: Defeated
by Majority Decision in Round 3
Sat. Mar 18, 2023
UFC 286: Edwards vs. Usman 3
Rafael Dos Anjos
Rafael Fiziev: Winner
by KO/TKO in Round 5 @ 0:18
Sat. Jul 09, 2022
UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Fiziev
Brad Riddell
Rafael Fiziev: Winner
by KO/TKO in Round 3 @ 2:20
Sat. Dec 04, 2021
UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Aldo
Bobby Green
Rafael Fiziev: Winner
by Unanimous Decision in Round 3
Sat. Aug 07, 2021
UFC 265: Lewis vs. Gane
Renato Moicano
Rafael Fiziev: Winner
by KO/TKO in Round 1
Sat. Dec 12, 2020
UFC 256: Figueiredo vs. Moreno
Marc Diakiese
Rafael Fiziev: Winner
by Decision in Round 3
Sat. Jul 18, 2020
UFC Fight Night: Figueredo vs. Benavidez 2
Alex White
Rafael Fiziev: Winner
by Decision in Round 3
Sat. Oct 26, 2019
UFC FN: Maia vs. Askren

Rafael Fiziev is a professional mixed martial artist who fights in the lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Born in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Fiziev began training in combat sports at an early age. He developed his skills by learning karate, boxing and Muay Thai under various coaches and competed in amateur bouts throughout Europe before making his professional debut in 2012.

Since then, he has built a reputation as one of the most exciting fighters on the UFC roster. In 2018 he signed with Brave Combat Federation and earned title contention after defeating three top-ranked opponents within four months. This culminated with him winning Brave CF’s inaugural lightweight championship belt via first-round knockout against Lucas Martins at Brave CF 23: Saudi Arabia. His impressive run also caught the attention of Dana White, President of UFC who offered him a contract shortly afterwards for his promotional debut at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale taking place later that year where he knocked out fellow prospect Marc Diakiese to earn himself ‘Performance of The Night’ honors.

After this impressive start to his career he continued to rack up wins while furthering developing his unique style which blended elements from kickboxing, karate and sambo – earning him two additional ‘Performance Of The Night’ awards over 2019/2020 along with being named amongst Fighters Only Magazine’s ‘Top Prospects’ list for both weight classes (lightweight/ featherweight). He also recently made history as part of the first ever fight card promoted by Russian MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko – Fight Nights Global 85; held on 22 August 2020 – where Rafael defeated Alan Carlos Silva via headkick KO after just 4 seconds into round 1 . This marks fastest recorded finish ever inside UFc Octagon – which only bolsters Rafael’s already high standing amongst MMA fans around world . With this win , Rafael has now improved dating back 2019 onwards whereby reaching 5 consecutive victories since joining UFC ranks .
In 2021 it looks like Rafael will remain busy schedule wise as there have been reports linking him to future matchups against some big names such Justin Gaethje & Islam Makhachev however nothing concrete has yet been confirmed so watch this space !