Gathje and Fiziev share snaps of new noses post surgery

Two UFC lightweight contenders underwent nose surgery earlier this week. The men in question are Justin Gaethje and Rafael Fiziev.

While Fiziev got his nose retooled during the bout against Rafael Dos Anjos, which he won convincingly, Gaethje opted for the surgery for his own benefit.

Gaethje has had trouble breathing through his nose ever since he broke it in wrestling in college.

“I need my nose broken,” he explained. I haven’t been able to breathe through my nose for like 12 years since wrestling. So hopefully one of those elbows cracks my nose – the UFC has to pay for that (expletive) – and it’s an exciting fight.”

But looks like Gathje is sick of waiting:

“I’m going to get nose surgery July 14,” Gaethje told reporters Thursday on the UFC Hall of Fame red carpet.

“Take a good month to recover, and get back to work. I think end of the year, most likely early next year (I’ll be back). There’s a few fights that are going to happen, so I’ll let those happen. I want to clear a two or three-fight path back to the title fight.”

And as for Fiziev, he had self diagnosed himself right after the bout.

Ariel Helwani confirmed the reports, saying that a surgery was required.
“Rafael Fiziev needs nose surgery, sources say. He’ll be getting that done tomorrow, I’m told. Hoping to return November/December.”

Gaethje is also getting a nose surgery and also said he aims to return in December. This is lining up perfectly with the Fiziev’s post fight call out.

“I want a fight with Gaethje, like for real,” Fiziev told reporters at the post-fight presser for UFC Vegas 58. “Nadal is funny … but Gaethje, if he wants to fight –what camera do I need to [look at]? yeah, this one. …”

Fiziev shifted directly to a reporter’s camera.

“If you want to fight, one more guy with yellow hairs, we need to know who’s the best for you and for me,” he continued. “If you’re ready, if you’re not scared, if you don’t take s***, let’s go.”

“I think he makes my face the same like this, maybe more hard,” Fiziev said. “He’s dangerous. He’s a big challenge for me. He has a lot of chance to knock me out, and I have a lot of chance to knock him out. But yeah, that’s a good fight, for fans also.

“He have s*** kicks, but he has good power in his hands.”