How Khabib Nurmagomedov’s ‘Papakha’ Inspired Rafael Fiziev to Get His Own


UFC light-weight division fighter Rafael Fiziev is driving excessive on the again of three consecutive victories. The rising fighter has impressed many followers along with his dominant performances.


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Like many of the fighters from his area, Fiziev is legendary for sporting papakha. The identical accent that was famously worn by the previous light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.


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Not too long ago he appeared for an interview the place he was requested about his papakha and the way it differed from that of the Dagestani phenom.

“Yeah, no more well-known. It’s not straightforward. Khabib is already a legend. However we make new historical past too. This one is from Azerbaijan custom. In fact, I (would) like making it (well-known) like Khabib makes his papakha,” Fiziev mentioned.

“I like Khabib’s papakha too, however this one is conventional. We use it in all places. We go to the visitor, we use it. We go in all places we use it.”

‘Ataman’ then talked concerning the significance of sporting a papakha. “In the event you make some dangerous for somebody, you don’t make an apology or one thing. You’re taking your papakha and put (it) to (the) floor (in entrance of them).”

“It means you might be like ‘so sorry’. And if somebody takes your papakha and says one thing dangerous and takes your papakha, this will likely begin a warfare. As a result of that is an honor,” he concluded.

Fiziev joined UFC in 2019 and fought Magomed Mustafaev as his first opponent. He misplaced that struggle by way of TKO in Spherical 1. However he made a robust comeback thereafter by choosing up 3 straight victories towards the likes of Alex White, Marc Diakiese, and Renato Carneiro with the victory over the latter coming by way of KO in Spherical 1.

Rafael Fiziev lately referred to as out ranked fighters

Fiziev has racked up 9 victories in his 10 skilled fights and wishes top-ranked opponents to advance. He lately made a problem to Kevin Lee over Twitter describing him as a strong fighter.

However to his dismay, not one of the fighters, together with Lee, have made any makes an attempt to reply to him. This didn’t amuse ‘Ataman’ in any respect. He later took to Twitter and lashed out at ranked opponents together with Lee for ignoring him.

He wrote, “I perceive why high 15 guys don’t wish to struggle somebody exterior of high 15. However don’t act like you might be higher and ignore the callouts. You’ll be able to simply say no. Quickly tables will flip and this rankings will look very completely different.”


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Fiziev is undoubtedly on high of the unranked fighters listing. He’ll look to proceed his successful momentum and would quickly knock on the doorways of the Prime 15. He might even take inspiration from Giga Chikadze and Kevin Holland, who broke by way of with their persisting efforts.


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