UFC lightweight fighter Rafael Fiziev has made a shockingly violent vow to "eat" the heart of his opponent, Justin Gaethje, following their highly-anticipated showdown.
The Azerbaijani fighter, known for his ferocity and impressive fighting record, is set to battle the former interim 155lb champion in the co-main event of UFC 286 in London on Saturday night.
The announcement of the highly-anticipated showdown between the two MMA fighters has left fans around the world predicting a brutal and violent spectacle, with blood likely to be spilled in the octagon during the promotion's annual visit to the UK.
Rafael Fiziev, a formidable Muay Thai fighter known for his devastating power, has made it clear that he plans to deliver the kind of bloody performance that fans crave. In the first episode of UFC 286 Embedded, Fiziev declared that he is more than ready for the fight of his life.
"I'm ready like never before," he said. "This is fireworks, this is like his nickname, 'Highlight'."
"He has a big career, he’s a very famous guy. "I can’t wait to go and see him in the cage, smell blood, smell his heart, and eat his heart after.” Fiziev reckons Gaethje's tendency to fight with the "heart" he wants to devour could be his undoing. During an appearance on Submission Radio, the 30-year-old said of Gaethje: “He [has a] very good style.
The intensity of Fiziev's statement hints at the level of aggression and ferocity that will be on display during the fight. Fans can expect a thrilling and brutal battle between two of the sport's most talented and skilled fighters, with both men determined to come out on top. It's sure to be a spectacle that will leave fans on the edge of their seats, and one that they won't soon forget.
"He fights with heart and everybody who fights with heart has a big plus and big minus."
"Big minus because he fights only with heart. Big plus, you can’t break him because he fights with his heart."
"It’s very hard to break his mind, break his heart but if you have a good IQ…you can beat him. Easily."
“I want to play with him…I want to show him [a] masterpiece…the real highlight. I want to show him.”
If Rafael Fiziev emerges victorious against the hard-hitting Justin Gaethje, he will extend his impressive UFC record to 7-1, further cementing his status as a fan favorite and one of the most formidable fighters in the division.
On the other hand, a win for Gaethje in this highly-anticipated matchup will bring him one step closer to his ultimate goal: a third shot at the undisputed lightweight title. With his impressive track record and reputation as one of the most dangerous fighters in the sport, Gaethje is a force to be reckoned with, and a victory against Fiziev would undoubtedly solidify his position as a top contender in the division.
With both fighters hungry for victory and eager to prove their worth, this is sure to be a fight for the ages.
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