Spherical 1 – The lightweights begin off the primary occasion with a contact of gloves. Fiziev will get the motion began with a tough proper kick to the physique. RDA solutions again with certainly one of his personal a second later. Fiziev fires a from kick to the physique after which simply misses with a tough laborious kick. A pleasant punch from RDA lands as he pressures ahead. Fiziev lands a entrance kick to the physique. RDA shoots for a takedown, leading to a clinch in opposition to the cage. RDA lands knees to the thigh earlier than dropping ranges seeking to full the takedown. Fiziev retains the struggle on the ft, and ultimately breaks free. Fiziev lands a pleasant mixture shortly after the exit. RDA returns hearth with a kick. Fiziev will get a few of a flying knee, however not sufficient to harm RDA. A tough exterior leg kick lands for RDA. Fiziev goes to the physique with a kick earlier than they change punches. RDA shoots in for one more takedown, as soon as once more resulting in a clinch in opposition to the fence. They separate and return to the middle of the cage. Fiziev fires off a pointy mixture of strikes within the closing seconds. MMA Junkie scores the spherical 10-9 for Fiziev.
Spherical 2 – A contact of gloves and so they’re again to exchanging kicks within the heart of the cage. Fiziev fires off fast punches to the physique. A second later, Fiziev catches a kick and clinches, however decides to let go. An unintended eye poke from Fiziev causes RDA to take a second to get better. They get again to it after a brief break and the motion is quick. Fiziev unloads a mix and RDA fires again. One other takedown try from RDA fails, however he takes the again standing in opposition to the cage. Fiziev will get his again to the fence after which separates a second later. RDA lands a pleasant proper jab. Fiziev goes body-head with punches. They commerce punches within the heart. RDA occasions a kick and will get a takedown, however Fiziev is nearly immediately again to the ft, conserving the clinch in opposition to the cage. They separate and return to the middle and commerce strikes. RDA clinches once more and Fiziev reverses place. Again to the middle once more, RDA sneaks in a pleasant uppercut. Fiziev lands a crisp combo as RDA tries to shut the gap. Fiziev lands a kick to the physique and RDA solutions with a punch. MMA Junkie scores the spherical 10-9 for Fiziev.
Spherical 3 – Fiziev opens with a entrance kick to the physique after a contact of gloves. RDA seems to be for the takedown early, and so they find yourself clinched in opposition to the cage. RDA practically takes the again and kicks out the leg, getting Fiziev to the bottom momentarily. Fiziev returns to his ft rapidly, however RDA doesn’t hand over on the clinch and takedown. RDA goes for a single however Fiziev escapes. They change punches and kicks within the heart for a second, however RDA goes again for one more takedown. Referee Mark Smith requires motion within the clinch. Fiziev will get free and returns to the middle. They commerce leg kicks. Fiziev goes to the physique with the precise kick. RDA seems to be for the left hand, however Fiziev dips below it and clinches, pushing RDA into the cage. They return to the center once more and Fiziev lands a pleasant proper hand as they begin to commerce. RDA lands a pleasant jab in return. Fiziev will get a proper hand across the protection of RDA. They proceed to commerce punches and kicks till the spherical ends. MMA Junkie scores the spherical 10-9 for Fiziev.
Spherical 4 – Fiziev opens with a entrance kick to the physique, sparking an intense change of punches. RDA clinches and pushes Fiziev into the fence. The referee steps in fairly rapidly to ask for motion, however they separate and get again to exchanging punches within the heart. RDA seems to be for the clinch once more, however Fiziev reverses and pushes RDA into the cage. They break and RDA goes for a flying knee and follows up with a few punches. Fiziev clinches and places RDA’s again in opposition to the fence once more. They struggle for place for a second earlier than going again to the middle. RDA shoots for a well-timed takedown, however Fiziev defends it. Fiziev fires off punches, however RDA shoots in for a takedown and this one is his greatest but. He will get each arms clasped, lifts, and slams Fiziev to the canvas. Fiziev will get his again to the cage rapidly and begins to wall stroll. RDA stays heavy and retains him seated. Fiziev returns to his ft within the closing seconds and RDA lands a pleasant left elbow earlier than the horn. MMA Junkie scores the spherical 10-9 for RDA.
Spherical 5 – They change kicks to the physique to start out. Fiziev costs ahead with a proper knee, a proper hand, adopted by a tough, clear left hook that drops RDA. Fiziev swarms and the struggle is stopped. Fiziev closes the present with a powerful end within the early moments of the final spherical.
Outcome: Rafael Fiziev def. Rafael dos Anjos through knockout (punches) – Spherical 5, 0:18
Recap: UFC on ESPN 39 results: Rafael Fiziev KOs Rafael dos Anjos, improves streak to six straight
Pictures: UFC on ESPN 39: Best photos from Las Vegas
Data: Rafael dos Anjos (31-14 MMA, 20-12 UFC), Rafael Fiziev (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC)
Referee: Mark Smith
Judging: Derek Cleary, Sal D’Amato, Junichiro Kamijo