Rafael Fiziev bummed out by beating Brad Riddell

LAS VEGAS – Rafael Fiziev’s UFC newest efficiency wooed the small crowd in attendance on the UFC Apex and wowed 1000’s watching world wide, however there are some issues about it he simply didn’t get pleasure from, himself.

Although it was capped off by an athletic and highly effective spinning wheel kick knockout, Fiziev (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) didn’t bask within the glory for too lengthy on the UFC on ESPN 31 post-fight information convention. He admitted it was an awesome spotlight, however defeating a good friend, Brad Riddell (10-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC), who he’s skilled with prior to now, was a troublesome capsule to swallow.

“It feels wonderful,” Fiziev instructed MMA Junkie. “What I can say? What I can say? I simply don’t know if I’m unhappy or I’m comfortable as a result of it’s not so good while you (defeat) your good friend like that, you understand? It’s simply this. In fact, I’m comfortable inside. I don’t know. … It was a phenomenal KO or TKO. It was lovely, however I nonetheless didn’t need the combat (but). I nonetheless didn’t like many moments within the combat. I nonetheless want rising. I nonetheless want work.”

With the victory, Fiziev gained a $50,000 “Efficiency of the Night time” bonus and prolonged his successful streak to 5, with two knockout finishes within the stretch. Regardless of his affinity for violence and success within the cage, Fiziev revealed he by no means seeks particularly for a end.

“I by no means discover knockout in my fights,” Fiziev stated. “I by no means attempt to make a knockout. I by no means imagine on this earlier than a combat. I waited for his injury and I (took) it. I am going to my kitchen right now and I’ll attempt to cook dinner one thing.”

UFC on ESPN 31 came about Saturday, airing on ESPN and streaming on ESPN+.

To se the complete interview with Fiziev, take a look at the video above.


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