In the brutal world of UFC, where warriors collide and dreams are made and shattered in the blink of an eye, Rafael Fiziev's recent journey took a heart-wrenching turn. In a candid video shared on Instagram, Fiziev revealed the grim news that he had torn his ACL during his showdown against Mateusz Gamrot, a fight that ended in an injury TKO loss during the second round.
"I will be back," Fiziev declared, his voice tinged with determination. "I'm just sad because I had a very great camp, and I was ready to show my best skills. And I'm sad because it happened only in the second round... His plan is always the best."
The moment of anguish unfolded when Fiziev, known for his explosive striking, unleashed a body kick with his right leg, only for it to be blocked by Gamrot. In a cruel twist of fate, Fiziev's left plant leg gave way, sending him crashing to the canvas in agonizing pain. It was at this very juncture that Gamrot seized the opportunity, raining down punches that ultimately compelled referee Herb Dean to halt the contest at the 2:03 mark of the second round.
For Fiziev (12-2), it marked his second consecutive defeat, with his previous loss coming against the formidable Justin Gaethje in March at UFC 286. Prior to these recent setbacks, Fiziev had been on a remarkable six-fight winning streak that spanned from October 2019, showcasing his potential as a rising star in the lightweight division.
In the relentless world of mixed martial arts, injuries are an unfortunate part of the journey, and Rafael Fiziev's torn ACL serves as a stark reminder of the sacrifices fighters make in pursuit of their dreams. As he embarks on a grueling road to recovery, his fans eagerly await his triumphant return to the octagon, where he will undoubtedly aim to pick up where he left off in showcasing his exceptional skills.