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Massive lightweight fight: Justin Gaethje to clash with Rafael Fiziev at UFC 286

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Fan favorite Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje will fight at UFC 286 in London. Photo: Jasen Vinlove – USA TODAY Sports

A massive lightweight bout is finalized as Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje will take on Rafael Fiziev at the stacked UFC 286. The matchup was first reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, and later confirmed by UFC President Dana White at a press conference.

The event takes place in London, England, on March 18, and looks to be one of the best cards in a long time.

No. 3 ranked Gaethje last competed for the division’s title against then-champion Charles “do Bronx” Oliveira in May 2022. He made his promotional debut back in 2017 and holds wins against top dogs like Edson Barboza, Tony Ferguson and Michael Chandler.

No. 6 ranked Fiziev rides an impressive six-fight winning streak that includes wins against Brad Riddell, Bobby Green, Renato Moicano and former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. All in all, he’s 6-1 in the promotion.

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Announced fights for UFC 286 in London

*Bout order and number of fights can change.

  • Welterwweight title bout: Leon Edwards (c) vs. Kamaru Usman
  • Lightweight bout: Rafael Fiziev vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Middleweight bout: Roman Dolidze vs. Marvin Vettori
  • Welterweight bout: Gunnar Nelson vs. Daniel Rodriguez
  • Women’s flyweight bout: Luana Carolina vs. Joanne Wood
  • Flyweight bout: Malcolm Gordon vs. Jake Hadley
  • Women’s flyweight bout: Jennifer Maia vs. Casey O’Neill
  • Lightweight bout: Jai Herbert vs. Ludovit Klein
  • Featherweight bout: Lerone Murphy vs. Nathaniel Wood
  • Lightweight bout: Chris Duncan vs. Michal Figlak
  • Women’s Flyweight bout: Veronica Macedo vs. Juliana Miller

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