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Rafael Fiziev took the bold move of calling out MMA's most talked about star on Saturday night, when he followed up his victory at UFC 265 with some words for Hasbulla Magomedov.
Fiziev and Bobby Green fought in the final fight of the preliminary card to UFC's latest show in Houston Texas, which was headlined by the interim heavyweight title fight between Ciryl Gane and Derrick Lewis.
The two men put on a hell of a show through three rounds, with Kazakhstani Fiziev taking the win on a unanimous decision, and both men getting the Fight of the Night bonus.
The winner took his moment after the fight, whilst being interviewed in the octagon by Daniel Cormier, to throw his hat into the ring to take on Hasbulla.
The Russian 18-year-old has become an internet sensation over the last few months, especially for his rivalry with Abdu Rozik.
Hasbulla has also been running his mouth to start a rivalry with certain UFC stars, calling out both Henry Cejudo and Conor McGregor in recent times.
Magomedov has been referred to as 'mini Khabib,' and the larger version has even backed his minature to beat former two weight champion Cejudo if they meet.
Hasbulla hitting pads pic.twitter.com/6vMGb8fCFx- Hasbulla Doing Stuff (@HasbullaDoing) July 31, 2021
Fiziev's call out is the first time that a UFC fighter is the first to engage the Russian, who has dwarfism, which is why he has a childlike appearance.
According to reports, the viral social media star and his main rival Abdu have found a sponsor to fund their official fight.
When it will go on is anyone's guess but you can bet they'll be a hell of a lot of interest to see if Hasbulla can back up his aggressive demeanour inside a cage.
Hasbulla calling out Conor McGregor and Henry Cejudo pic.twitter.com/ndAJhfBK1o- Hasbulla Doing Stuff (@HasbullaDoing) July 28, 2021
Away from the callout of the world's number one MMA star on Saturday night, Gane stopped Lewis in the third round to become the interim heavyweight champion.
The actual need for their to be an interim champ was questionable, seeing as Francis Ngannou only won the title in March and isn't injured.
He will now face the new French 'champion' at some point in the not too distant future.
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