Lightweight star Rafael Fiziev calls out Rafael Nadal after win at UFC Vegas 58: Come here, come here

Lighweight sensation Rafael Fiziev made a strong statement after UFC Vegas 58 by calling out tennis legend Rafael Nadal.

Fiziev issued an interesting challenge after UFC Vegas 58 (Courtesy: Reuters)


  • Fiziev defeated Dos Anjos via knockout in the fifth round
  • The UFC fighter called out Nadal during the post-match interview
  • Fiziev explained the challenge he wants to lay out to Nadal

Lightweight sensation Rafael Fiziev made a statement after his win over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Vegas 58 as he called out tennis great Rafael Nadal.

Fiziev scored the most significant victory of his career on Saturday as he knocked out former UFC Lightweight Champion Dos Anjos in the fifth round of their match.

The Azerbaijan fighter then decided to make an interesting call out during his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping. The legend quizzed Fiziev about who he wanted to fight next and he named Nadal and said he would beat the Spaniard at tennis.

“Rafael Nadal! Yeah, where (is) him? I can beat him in his sport too,” said Fiziev.

The rising Lightweight contender said that now he has established himself as the best ‘Rafael’ in the UFC after his win over Dos Anjos, he wants to know who is the best ‘Rafael in the sport’ and issued the challenge to the Tennis legend.

“Now we know who is the best Rafael in the UFC. Now I want to make new challenge who is the best Rafael in the sport. Rafael Nadal, come here, come here,” said Fiziev.

Speaking after his win backstage to Business Insider, the Azerbaijan fighter elaborated on his challenge to Nadal. He said that he has heard about the Spaniard but had never seen him in real life.

“I hear about him a long time but I never see him in life, for real. Of course, everyone knows this guy,” said Fiziev.

When asked why he issued the challenge, the Lightweight star said it was because Nadal’s first name is Rafael.

“He’s named Rafael,” said Fiziev.

Fiziev further stated that for his challenge the first four rounds will be tennis but the fifth one will be MMA.

Nadal was in fine form during Wimbledon but had to pull out of the semifinals against Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal injury.

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