UFC on ESPN 39 video: Rafael dos Anjos, Rafael Fiziev all business during faceoffs

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Rafael dos Anjos and Rafael Fiziev have kept it professional all the way through.

The two UFC lightweight contenders have had a very respectful buildup to their clash in the main event of Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 39. From pre-fight interviews to fight week and now the final staredowns, both dos Anjos (31-13 MMA, 20-11 UFC) and Fiziev (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) have been very cordial.

You can watch the main event staredown, as well as the staredowns for the rest of UFC on ESPN 39 in the video above.

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Dos Anjos has won back-to-back fights after a tough stretch of four losses in five bouts. But those losses all came at welterweight to Colby Covington, current champion Kamaru Usman, upcoming title challenger Leon Edwards and Michael Chiesa – all by decision. Since his return to lightweight, he has wins over Paul Felder and, in March, Renato Moicano.

Fiziev has been on a roll since the lone loss of his pro career, which came in his UFC debut in April 2019. Since then, he has five straight wins and has post-fight bonus awards in four straight. This past December, he stopped Brad Riddell with a highlight-reel spinning wheel kick.