(Video) Slow motion view of Rafael Fiziev shredding his ACL, and dropping a loss to Gamrot

Rafael Fiziev faced off against Mateusz Gamrot. Fiziev, ranked #6 in the UFC’s official lightweight rankings, was determined to bounce back from a previous loss to Justin Gaethje, which, although earning him the bonus at UFC 286 in London, left him without the victory. On the other side, #7-ranked Gamrot, a former KSW champion, aimed to secure his second consecutive win in the octagon.

The action initially unfolded on the feet, with Fiziev showcasing his striking prowess and appearing to be the more menacing one. His striking combinations began to push Gamrot backward, and the Polish star struggled to find an opening for his takedowns. When he attempted a takedown midway through the round, it was a wild exchange, with Fiziev skillfully defending and maintaining his upright position. Although it was an explosive sequence, Gamrot had to regroup.


As the round progressed, Fiziev strategically targeted Gamrot’s body, delivering powerful kicks to the midsection. While Gamrot continued to press forward and occasionally responded with kicks of his own, his overall striking lacked the sharpness displayed by Fiziev. This was emphasized when a low kick from Fiziev swept Gamrot off his feet. Towards the end of the round, Fiziev successfully defended a late takedown attempt and was fortunate to be saved by the bell.

The second round opened with Gamrot attempting an early takedown, which he successfully executed this time. Fiziev, trying to reach the cage, gave up his back, with Gamrot tightly clinging to him. However, they eventually returned to their feet, and an unexpected twist occurred. Fiziev unleashed a kick that landed on Gamrot’s arm or elbow, and as he placed his foot back on the ground, he immediately displayed signs of distress, clutching his opposite leg. Fiziev went down due to the injury, and the referee promptly intervened, halting the fight. It appeared that Fiziev had suffered a knee injury, potentially due to the kick. Regardless, it marked an abrupt conclusion to what had promised to be an exciting contest.

The official result declared Mateusz Gamrot as the victor, securing a TKO victory (due to injury) in the second round at 2:03.