Number six in the UFC lightweight rankings Rafael Fiziev in an interview with , he explained why he did not organize training camps in Dagestan before the fight with Pole Mateusz Gamrot.
Fiziev and Gamrot will face each other in a tournament in Las Vegas on September 23. The Polish fighter is currently ranked seventh in the lightweight rankings. For the Azerbaijani Fiziev, this fight will be the first after the defeat against Justin Gaethje.
— The most popular advice to MMA fighters is to go to Dagestan. Have you considered this possibility?
— Once I thought about going to Dagestan and organizing training camps there. But sometimes the guys from Dagestan lose in the fight. And it happens. There is a strong school there and I would have won something somewhere. But I always thought that if I went to Dagestan, there would be a risk of getting hurt. The guys there are all hot, some will want to show off in sparring and fighting. Even at Tiger in Phuket, when the guys from Dagestan come, you pair up, you seem to work carefully, but they are hot and start doing crazy things there. For example, before I flew to Florida, a guy hit me four times in the head and nose.
— What do you think Islam Makhachev would say if you asked him to come to his training camp?
“I haven’t thought about it, but I think the answer would be no.” However, I am next to him in the rankings. Although…I don’t even know what the answer would be. I think we are in competition: he is the champion, and I am number six. Maybe even from me it would be unethical to ask that,” Fiziev told .
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