The eighth number of the UFC lightweight rating, Rafael Fiziev, will hold his next fight in March of this year, and his opponent will be former interim division champion Justin Gaethje.
According to Ataman, the fight with the American will take place on March 4 at UFC 285 in Las Vegas, or on March 18 at UFC 286 in London.
“We were promised in the UFC that in March I would fight against Justin Gaethje,” Fiziev said in an interview with the channel captain hardcore. “The UFC wants this fight too, Dana White wants this fight, so they told me March, get ready. Now we are waiting for the contract. While such information. If something is replayed, I will just be shocked. London or Vegas, they didn’t say exactly – that’s the question. Either the beginning of March or the 18th.”
Last July, Rafael Fiziev extended his UFC winning streak to six fights with a fifth-round knockout of Rafael dos Anjos, and Justin Gaethje made an unsuccessful attempt to win the UFC lightweight championship belt in May, losing in the first round by rear naked choke to Charles Oliveira.
A top lightweight fight was reportedly in development for December, however, Gaethje declined to fight Fiziev at UFC 282 in Las Vegas.