UFC lightweight Rafael Fiziev has incredibly vowed to “EAT” Justin Gaethje’s “heart” after their eagerly-anticipated showdown.
The Azerbaijani wrecking machine will throw down with the former interim 155lb champion on Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC 286 in London.
MMA fans across the world immediately forecast a bloodbath after the mouthwatering showdown was announced for the promotion’s annual visit to the UK.
And Muay Thai wrecking machine plans to deliver the blood fans are so desperately craving.
During the first episode of UFC 286 Embedded: “I’m ready, I’m ready like never [before].
“This is fireworks, this is like his nickname, ‘Highlight.’
“He has a big career, he’s a very famous guy.
“I can’t wait to go and see him in the cage, smell blood, smell his heart, and eat his heart after.”
Fiziev reckons Gaethje’s tendency to fight with the “heart” he wants to devour could be his undoing.
During an appearance on Submission Radio, the 30-year-old said of Gaethje: “He [has a] very good style.
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“He fights with heart and everybody who fights with heart has a big plus and big minus.
“Big minus because he fights only with heart. Big plus, you can’t break him because he fights with his heart.
“It’s very hard to break his mind, break his heart but if you have a good IQ…you can beat him. Easily.
“I want to play with him…I want to show him [a] masterpiece…the real highlight. I want to show him.”
Victory over the hard-hitting Gaethje will see fan favourite Fiziev extend his UFC record to 7-1.
A win for Gaethje, meanwhile, will put him on the cusp of a third crack at the undisputed lightweight title.