Justin Gaethje and Rafael Fiziev Produce Instant Classic at UFC 286

Justin Gaethje and Rafael Fiziev Produce Instant Classic at UFC 286

  • Justin Gaethje and Rafael Fiziev both landed heavy shots on each other as they tried to finish the fight early
  • Gaethje declared himself as the most entertaining fighter of all time and he proved that against Fiziev
  • After three rounds of insane hard-hitting action, the judges were called in to decide the winner of the fight

The fight between the two lightweights promised to be a banger, and it lived up to its billing.

Justin Gaethje and Rafael Fiziev traded some big shots in the first round, as both men looked to end it early.

The Azerbaijani fighter used his speed to keep the American on his toes, but Gaethje countered with some of his own quick punches.

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Justin Gaethje and Rafael Fiziev were involved in a hard hitting fight which had to be decided on the judges scorecards. Image: Catherine Ivill/ Jeff Bottari
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Round 2

The second round started where the first round left off. Both fighters continued to empty the gas tanks in search of a winner. The big shots took its toll on Fiziev as he suffered a few cuts to his face from the onslaught.

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While Gaethje didn't bear as many signs of being in a war, he definitely felt it as Fiziev landed a lot of big shots.

Round 3

He started the third round with incredible shots, a few of them seemingly rattled Gaethje. The American proved to have a jaw of steel as he stood and took the shots and came back for more.

Gaethje then found his range and started landing the big blows, beating up Fiziev and leaving him bloodied.

The fight went to the judges' scorecards and they scored it 29-28, 29-28, 28-28, with Gaethje picking up the unanimous victory.

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Justin Gaethje grabbed the headlines when he declared himself 'the most exciting fighter of all time'.

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Source: SportsBrief.com