Rafael Fiziev made a statement about his return

No. 8 ranked UFC lightweight Rafael Fisieff, who suffered a knee injury last September in a fight against Mateusz Gamrot, has revealed when he plans to return to the octagon.

“I’ve been training for a long time – after the surgery I started training the very next day,” “Ataman” said in an interview with the channel Meta MMA Plus. “I’m doing boxing for now. February 15 was at the doctor’s office, and he’s already cleared running, cleared gently kicking. So we’ll add a little bit of running, add some kicking.”

“It’s been four months since the surgery, and it’s another four to five months to fully recover. That’s another seven to eight months of downtime.”

Last March, Rafael Fiziev snapped his own impressive six-fight win streak with a three-round majority decision loss to Justin Gaethje, and six months later, the Azerbaijani fighter was forced to withdraw in the second round of his fight with Mateusz Gamrot after tearing knee ligaments in the main event of UFC Fight Night 228.

At the moment Rafael Fiziev, along with UFC fighters Rinat Fakhretdinov, Sharabutdin Magomedov and Johnny Walker, is at the “Games of the Future”, which started the day before in Kazan.