Rafael Fiziev was responsible for one of the coolest moves in UFC history against Marc Diakiese

  • Tom Ward

It’s Rafael Fiziev fight week, so it felt only right to revisit one of the coolest moves in UFC history ahead of his fight with Rafael dos Anjos on Saturday night.

Two years ago, the Kyrgyzstani MMA fighter appeared to enter the Matrix after pulling off an incredible evasive manouevre against Marc Diakiese.

Fiziev defeated Diakiese by unanimous decision when the pair fought on Fight Island in July 2020.

During the fight, Diakiese threw a deadly high kick in the direction of Fiziev.

But with seconds to spare, Fiziev threw himself backwards to avoid a near certain KO.

It was like something straight out of a Bruce Lee movie.

Even the commentators could hardly believe what they had just witnessed as they likened the move to something from The Matrix.

And fans can relive that moment for themselves after a video of his expert dodge started doing the rounds on social media courtesy of the UFC’s official Twitter account.

WATCH: Rafael Fiziev somehow evaded a huge kick from Marc Diakiese with a Matrix-like move

Check out the video below…

A former police officer, Fiziev grew up in and is a citizen of Kyrgyzstan. However, he spends most of his time at Sanford MMA in Florida.

And while many fans now only know him as a striker, he revealed that he wasn’t always training in Muay Thai.

He said in 2020: “Since the beginning I was competing in different disciplines.

“Muay Thai was my foundation, but I also competed in combat sambo, boxing, hand to hand combat, and Jiu Jitsu.

“I did a bit of wrestling training too and was always close to mixed martial arts.

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“Muay Thai wasn’t my only focus even in the early days.

“Like I said, I was always trained in different martial arts even though Muay Thai was my foundation style.

“The biggest challenge was to get my wrestling and grappling skills to a higher level.

“Also grappling is not the only difference between MMA and Muay Thai or kickboxing.

“There’s different dynamics of the fight and distance, so I had to adjust my striking too.

“To be honest [recognition] is my ultimate goal in professional sports. I’m doing it for glory, to be recognized and for money. Only money won’t bring happiness, only glory without money is also not enough. But to have glory and money is what I want to get, that’s what motivates me to work hard.”

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