UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs Fiziev Tips & Preview

We finally get to see Rafael dos Anjos vs Rafael Fiziev this weekend after the fight was postponed twice already.

The Lightweight fight was scheduled originally for February 19 but Fizeiev pulled out due to visa issues and then UFC 272 where Fiziev agains withdrew this time after testing positive to Covid.

Now the two Rafael’s will battle it out in the UFC Apex on Sunday.

Also on this card is Australian Lightweight Jamie Mularkey who takes on Michael Johnson.

Our full UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs Fiziev can be found below.

Rafael dos Anjos vs Rafael Fiziev
Fiziev by decision or dos Anjos by Submission @ $1.95

Rafael dos Anjos could be regarded as one of the most unluckiest fighters in UFC history with a strong of injuries and withdrawals throughout his career.

Whether it was Rustam Khabilov pulling out late, his MCL injury before his Anthony Pettis title fight, his broken foot before his fight with Conor McGregor, passing out moments before his title loss to Eddie Alverez, Covid and injuries against Islam Mackhachev and then the rescheduling of this fight three times against Fiziev!

After four decision losses at Welterweight in five fights dos Anjos signed a six fight deal and moved back down to Lightweight where he has won his last two (Moicano fight was at catchweight).

Rafael Fizeiv has climbed to #10 in the UFC Lightweight rankings with a record of 11-1 and he brings in a five fight win streak to this event.

Two of his last three wins have been by KO including a vicious spinning wheel kick against Brad Riddell.

The experience is obviously with former Lightweight champ dos Anjos and his pressure and volume have been far too much for some of the best that the division has seen.

Fiziev has very good lateral movement which will disrupt the fighting pattern of dos Anjos and he has very heavy hands especially his hooks.

I’m predicting that dos Anjos will attempt to take this fight to the ground and if he succeeds, it will have a big bearing on the outcome of this fight.

Only two men have been about to finish dos Anjos by KO/TKO in his 44 fight career but Fiziev showed that he can handle a pressure fighter when he beat Bobby Green.

Ciao Borralho vs Armen Petrosyan
Ciao Borralho by Points or Submission @ $2.15

Brazilian Ciao Borralho won a UFC contract through Dana White’s Contender Series and now has a record of 11-1.

He won his last fight by decision in April and he has not been beaten since July 2015.

Russian Armen Petrosyan makes his debut in the UFC at the age of 35 after stints in One Championship and Bellator in recent years.

This is his first MMA fight after having almost 100 pro kickboxing fights during his career netting him 70 wins.

Borralho should test his opponent on the canvas if given the chance or at the very least clinch and this should do enough to get the win.

 

 

Jamie Mullarkey vs Michael Johnson
Jamie Mullarkey by KO/TKO

Aussie Jamie Mullarkey put together two wins on the trot in 2021.

The first was a first round KO of Khama worthy and the second was a TKO victory over Devonte Smith in the second round.

He ran into Jalin Turner at UFC 272 in Vegas in February, a fight he lost via TKO in the second round.

Turner now has wins over Aus/NZ athletes Josh Culibao, Mullarey and Brad Riddell.

His opponent is UFC Lightweight stalwart Michael Johnson who first fought in the promotion in The Ultimate Fighter back in 2010.

Johnson lost five fights in a row before getting back in the winner’s column with a second round KO win against Alan Patrick in May.

Jamie Mullarkey is a high level striker with his Muay Thai style who uses his length and distance really well to set up his opponents.

He faces a very dangerous fighter in Michael Johnson but if he can weather the early storm, and use his leg kicks, he can get the win.