Rafael Fiziev is using creative tactics to try to secure a fight with a former UFC champion for the first time in his career.
Fiziev (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC), who is riding a five-fight winning streak and climbing the lightweight rankings at a rapid pace, is looking for a big name to try to take the next step forward in his career.
He sees Rafael dos Anjos as the perfect option. The former 155-pound champion is currently without a fight, and his recent callout of Tony Ferguson doesn’t seem to be gaining much traction.
Fiziev implored dos Anjos (31-13 MMA, 19-11 UFC) to give a matchup against him a look, and even put a unique spin to try to lure the Brazilian into a fight (via Twitter):
— Rafael “Ataman” Fiziev (@RafaelFiziev) January 2, 2022
Rafael: Yesterday is the history. Tomorrow is a mystery. But today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. Let’s find out who is the best Rafa in the UFC.
Fiziev, 28, has been on a roll since losing his UFC debut in April 2019. He’s put together a five-fight winning streak, including a trio of notable wins over Brad Riddell, Bobby Green and Renato Moicano.
A matchup with dos Anjos, 37, would be a big test. Dos Anjos hasn’t fought since November 2020 due to health and injury issues, but recently said he would be ready to compete as soon as February.