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MMA Preview: UFC 268 – Justin Gaethje (23-4) vs Rafael Fiziev (12-1)

The lightweight Justin Gaethje vs. Rafael Fiziev clash is the co-main event of UFC 286. It’s taking place at The O2 Arena in London on Saturday, March 18, 2023

Because both fighters are known for being entertaining to watch, the fight between Rafael Fiziev and Justin Gaethje at UFC 286 is bound to be a real sellout. While Fiziev hopes to keep impressing, Gaethje is attempting to regain his relevance.

Justin Gaethje vs. Rafael Fiziev UFC 286 Odds

Justin Gaethje+196
Rafael Fiziev-260

*Odds taken from Sports Odds Direct on Monday, March 13, 2023.

When, Where, and How to Watch?

  • Place: The O2 Arena in London, England
  • Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023
  • Time: ~10:00 PM ET
  • How to Watch: ESPN+

Will Former Champion Justin Gaethje Regain His Relevance?
All four of Justin Gaethje’s losses have come against champions or interim champions, including Eddie Alvarez, Dustin Poirier, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Charles Oliveira. His overall record is 23-4.

After defeating Tony Ferguson by technical knockout in 2020, Gaethje was the interim champion of the UFC Lightweight division. He won the fight by knockout or technical knockout, which is his No. one preferred strategy for winning. Nineteen of his 23 victories were achieved in this manner, along with one by submission and one by decision.

He’s an incredible striker who’s arrival 7.46 huge strikes each moment. Given this, it comes as no surprise that he has won numerous fights by KO or TKO. Given that he is a talented wrestler who used to compete in NCAA Division I, it is surprising that he does not have more submission victories in his record. Reasons Why Rafael Fiziev Is Favored at UFC 286 Rafael Fiziev has an overall record of 12-1 in his professional MMA career. His only defeat came in his first UFC fight, which he lost to Magomed Mustafaev via TKO. After that, he won six fights in a row and received the Performance of the Night bonus for three of them. Further, he additionally won the Exhibition of the Night reward on two events.

The Azerbaijani fighter is a lot of fun to watch, and some of his moves have gone viral on social media. His strike dodging in the style of the Matrix is the best example. He uses a lot of punches and has decent strike defense. He has won eight of his 12 fights by knockout or technical knockout, one by submission, and two by decision.

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