Justin Gaethje Batters Rafael Fiziev & Gets the Nod in Action-Packed Thriller – UFC 286 Results (Highlights)

‘Highlight’ managed to come out on top of the judges' scorecards after going the distance with ‘Ataman,’ delivering nonstop action

Justin Gaethje, Rafael Fiziev, UFC 286
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Coming off a loss in his last outing, Justin Gaethje looked to get back in the winning column against Rafael Fiziev at UFC 286 in London, England.

UFC 286: Justin Gaethje vs Rafael Fiziev

Round 1

Fiziev opens with a kick to the body and misses. Another one. Gaethje with a solid low kick. Gaethje hits Fiziev’s guards with a kick. Fiziev with a kick down the middle. Fiziev with a left and another one. Gaethje fires back. Fiziev is lightning-fast. Fiziev connects with a big knee on the chin. Gaethje slips and lands a counter left. Fiziev’s kick and punches hit Gaethje’s guard. Nice low kick by Gaethje. They trade some heavy punches in the middle. Gaethje is trying to blitz in and catch Fiziev but struggling so far. Fiziev gets an uppercut. Gaethje goes for a takedown and lets go instantly to land a right. Low kick from Gaethje. Fiziev jumps with a huge knee. Gaethje ends the round with a left hand.

Round 2

Gaethje misses a low kick. Fiziev is talking to him. He lands a big kick on Gaethje’s head as he ducked down. Fiziev jumps with a knee. He lands a big left hand. Gaethje goes in with punches, grapples momentarily and gets out. Accidental eye poke by Gaethje calls for a time out. Lead elbow from Fiziev. Fiziev with a low kick. Gaethje with a low kick followed by a quick striking exchange. Gaethje steps in with a three-punch combo. Fiziev connects with some good shots but not clean. Gaethje lands a right hook. He gets an uppercut in. Fiziev with a huge left hook. Fiziev with a low kick. Another one. Fiziev’s leg appears to be compromised a bit. Big left hand from Gaethje opens up another cut on Fiziev.

Round 3

Fiziev changes stances. He connects with a big right hand that seemed to wobble Gaethje. Fiziev gets another two huge punches in. He lands kick to the body, all in quick succession. Gaethje lands a left hand. Fiziev with a body kick. They clinch and Gaethje digs to the body while Fiziev gets knees in. Gaethje lands another uppercut and a hook. He goes for the single leg but doesn’t get it. Fiziev with low kick. Gaethje lands a jab and another and another and another to make it four in a row. Another jab from Gaethje to keep him at distance. Uppercut from Gaethje. He continues working with the jab. Big right hand from Gaethje connects and an uppercut. Gaethje making good use of the jab. Low kick by Fiziev. Jab from Gaethje lands clean. Huge uppercut from Gaethje pops Fiziev’s head up. Another uppercut on the button. Jab from Gaethje. Right hand and left hook from Gaethje. Huge uppercut from Gaethje. Gaethje gets a takedown and ends the round on the ground.

Official Result: Justin Gaethje defeats Rafael Fiziev by majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28).

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Published on March 18, 2023 at 7:18 pm
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