But after almost five rounds of fighting, it was Fiziev who proved to be the better Rafael as he stopped his Brazilian opponent with a violent, skull-rattling fifth-round TKO.
Below is how fellow fighters reacted to the entire night of action inside the UFC APEX.
Rafael Fiziev knocks out Rafael dos Anjos
Marks usually one of the better refs but that stoppage was way too quick. Tough break. Wish we got to see if RDA could recover. Rough ending to a great fight. #UFCVegas58— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) July 10, 2022
Good stoppage that ground strike was so accurate— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) July 10, 2022
Keep your head RDA you are a Legend in this sport #UFCVegas58— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) July 10, 2022
Caio Borralho edges Armen Petrosyan
Borralho & Petrosyan are both great prospects. I think they both will do well moving forward #UFCVegas58— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) July 10, 2022
Would love to fight Borralho— Deron Winn (@DeronWinn) July 10, 2022
Most of the judges score rounds like a boxing fight. It’s not the same at all and that’s the issue in MMA. A potential “KD” from Andrade could’ve wiped out an entire dominating RD for Said in RD 2.— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) July 10, 2022
I wasnt sure who won that RD based on HISTORY, but I’m glad the right guy won.
That last spinning back fist— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) July 10, 2022
Nurmagomedov is fighting differently now. I wonder if he hurt something— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) July 10, 2022
What a fight !!! After the first round I thought he had it in the bag. The Brazilian wasn’t having none of it !! #UFCVegas58— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) July 10, 2022
Chase Sherman knocks out Jared Vanderaa
Aiemann Zahabi defeats Ricky Turcios
I'll take Rickey 2-1, based off what I hear about rd 1. #UFCVegas58— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) July 10, 2022
I thought that Dec was Mullarkey. Great fight tho #UFCVegas58— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) July 10, 2022
That’s a damn shame!!!— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) July 10, 2022
Malarkey vs Johnson holy shit!— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) July 10, 2022
Those boys came fight! Battled it out the whole way thru #UFCVegas58— Vince Morales (@vandetta135) July 10, 2022
Entertainment at its finest!! Amazing fight straight scrappinnn WOW #FOTN— Charles Rosa (@CharlesRosaMMA) July 10, 2022