Rafael Fiziev was ‘uncomfortable’ preventing buddy Brad Riddell at UFC Vegas 44

As soon as Rafael Fiziev went from the concept of preventing his buddy and former coaching associate Brad Riddell to the truth of it, he didn’t fairly like the sensation it gave him at UFC Vegas 44.

“I really feel uncomfortable after I began,” Fiziev informed reporters after Saturday’s occasion. “Not an excessive amount of. I perceive this can be a actual battle. Perhaps he would knock me out, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a bit of bit uncomfortable.”

Because it turned out, Fiziev was the one who wound up getting the knockout first. It took almost the entire battle earlier than his reads on Riddell paid off with a superbly positioned wheel kick. Riddell froze in place earlier than hitting the deck with a couple of follow-up photographs, and referee Herb Dean stepped in to halt any additional punishment.

“I anticipate this third spherical,” Fiziev mentioned. “Once I began to place him to the cage, I see when he goes proper, he each time drops his arms, and I’m simply considering I have to do a spinning backfist or a spinning back-kick. I make spinning back-kick.”

For Fiziev, the sensation of knocking out a buddy wasn’t rather more snug. He and Riddell had been associates in Thailand and even held the identical teaching job on the Tiger muay Thai health club. Riddell known as Fiziev when the UFC proposed a battle between them, and the 2 agreed to get it over with so they might each keep lively.

Fiziev shared a couple of phrases with Riddell after the battle, however he didn’t share them in public.

“I don’t know if I’m unhappy or I’m joyful, as a result of it’s not so good when your buddy’s like that,” he mentioned. “In fact, I’m joyful, and unhappy, and joyful. I don’t know.”

It was Fiziev’s seventh win by knockout in his MMA profession and his second within the octagon. As a kickboxer, he knocked out 29 folks. And but, this one was a shock identical to every other.

“I by no means discover knockouts in my fights, and I by no means attempt to make a knockout, and I by no means imagine this earlier than a battle,” he mentioned. “I needed from him harm, and I took it. I am going to my kitchen right this moment, and I attempt to cook dinner one thing.”

With 5 straight wins, Fiziev, the No. 13 fighter within the MMA Preventing World Rankings, is more likely to take one other step up on the UFC light-weight ladder. However he’s involved with extra quick issues in his future.

“The subsequent plan is a 17.5 hour flight to Singapore, and after to Singapore, then to Thailand,” he mentioned.

Take a look at Fiziev’s full interview beneath, courtesy of MMA Weekly.

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