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Rafael Fiziev following the knee injury [Image via @FireMMAVid 'X' account]

"Horrible" - UFC world "gutted" to see freak injury force Rafael Fiziev out of a fight he was winning

Rafael Fiziev’s fight against Mateusz Gamrot was a perfect stylistic matchup and guaranteed fireworks if it went a little bit longer. However, fans were disappointed in the manner in which the fight ended.

Fiziev put his No.6 ranking on the line against Gamrot in the main event of UFC Vegas 79 on September 23. In the second round, a body kick attempt from Fiziev put a lot of stress on his supporting knee which popped upon rotation. Gamrot followed Fiziev to the mat as he fell down upon injury and landed a few shots before the referee called a stop to the action.


Both men had their moments in the first round. However, all three judges scored it in Fiziev’s favor. MMA journalist Mike Heck posted the screenshot of the scorecards on his X (formerly Twitter) account.

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MMA fans were disheartened to see Fiziev lose the fight he was winning on the scorecards, at least in the early part of the contest.


Here are some fan reactions:

Fan reactions to Fiziev's loss
Fans were disappointed with the manner in which the fight ended

Mateusz Gamrot wishes a speedy recovery to Rafael Fiziev

While speaking in the post-fight octagon interview, Mateusz Gamrot admitted that it was not the kind of win he wanted for himself but accepted it as an undeniable fact. He wished Rafael Fiziev a speedy recovery and said:

“Bad situation, bad accident… I wish quick recovery to Rafael because I like this guy… We have a good relationship.”

Watch the full interview below:

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Jigyanshushri Mahanta
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