A superflexible Muay Thai fighter, who went viral when UFC President Dana White tweeted a video of him bending backwards in a 90 diploma angle to dodge a roundhouse kick, says he would battle within the promotion free of charge given the possibility.
Twenty-three-year-old Rafael Fiziev from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan was competing within the ‘Thailand Toyota Marathon’ Muay Thai event in Bangkok on January 27, when he executed the beautiful defensive transfer in his battle with a Thai opponent.
However it wasn’t till a video of the second was uploaded onto YouTube just a few days later that he all of a sudden discovered himself within the limelight.
The video went viral and have become broadly seen within the MMA group after White posted it on his Instagram and Twitter accounts, with the caption “That is the craziest s*** I’ve ever seen!!!!!”
“I couldn’t imagine that Dana White really tweeted about me” Fiziev instructed RT Sport.
“It nonetheless appears surreal, to be trustworthy. Being the massive UFC fan that I’m, I might by no means have thought that White would ever speak about me. I keep in mind watching all of the UFC tournaments as a child on tapes, together with their first occasions, when Royce Gracie was a champion. And now White is tweeting about me. I nonetheless can’t imagine it.”
RT: Do you compete in combined martial arts [MMA] your self or are you solely Muay Thai?
Rafael Fiziev: I do. I’ve had two skilled MMA fights – each are victories. Though my document on sherdog.com exhibits just one battle for some motive. However I had numerous MMA fights on tournaments that weren’t registered. Plus numerous Muay Thai, Okay-1, and Jiu-Jitsu bouts.
RT: You come from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – are you conversant in UFC fighter Valentina Shevchenko?
RF: Sure, I’m. Actually we practice on the similar fitness center. I think about her coach, Pavel Fedotov, my mentor. He’s additionally the pinnacle coach of the Kyrgyzstan nationwide Muay Thai staff that I compete for. We’ve got sparred with Valentina many occasions. We’ve got a really heat relationship together with her and her staff. All of them are very good individuals. After I got here to our fitness center in Bishkek once I was 11, Valentina was the most effective instance for us. We appeared as much as her method and her work ethic and naturally I watched all of her fights.
RT: Do you suppose you may additionally compete in huge promotions equivalent to UFC in the future?
RF: That has at all times been my dream. To be trustworthy, I might even battle free of charge within the UFC, if Dana White requested me to. That is the place all the most effective fighters are. That is the place you may actually showcase your means. I get up and go to mattress serious about it. That’s what I dedicate myself to and work onerous for. That’s my purpose.
RT: Speaking concerning the lean-back defensive transfer that amazed so many individuals, how did you handle to try this?
RF: We at all times work on that transfer with my coach throughout coaching. You must be supple if you wish to compete in Muay Thai. It’s essential for Jiu Jitsu and freestyle wrestling as effectively. So I work on it continually and carry out that transfer very often. Possibly not way back to it was that point, although. However sure, this isn’t new to me. Earlier than that event we labored rather a lot on it with my coach. So it did assist me throughout that exact battle.
RT: Individuals now name you ‘the Matrix fighter’ as a result of your transfer appeared much like those from The Matrix film, the place Keanu Reeves’ character was dodging bullets, however you may have your personal nickname – ‘Ataman.’ May you tells us just a little bit about that?
RF: Ataman is the title given to Cossack leaders. I even have a joke about it. After I was a child, my dad requested me in the future: ‘who’s the Ataman in your class?’ that means who’s the chief. I didn’t even know what that meant, so I mentioned, ‘I do not know, however not me.’ He mentioned ‘try to be one!’ So after that I instructed all my pals that I would be the Ataman of the category (laughing). A few years later once I was competing in a Muay Thai event, we needed to decide a nickname for me. I didn’t know what to select. So my coach Pavel Fedotov mentioned that he’ll decide one for me. Once they introduced my title, I heard ‘The Ataman’ and I remembered that I used to name myself that title as a child. So I although that is perhaps destiny. If individuals wish to name me ‘The Matrix fighter,’ that doesn’t offend me in anyway. However I’d fairly follow my authentic nickname, as I obtained it from my father and from my mentor.