UFC Vegas 79: Rafael Fiziev injury update

Here's everything we know about Rafael Fiziev's injury sustained at UFC Vegas 79.
Rafael Fiziev
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During the second round of the UFC Vegas 79 main event between Rafael Fiziev and Mateusz Gamrot, Fiziev sustained an injury to his knee after throwing a kick.

The injury appears to have occurred to his left leg, the leg that was posted during the kick and he immediately fell to the canvas in pain. The fight was called off and Gamrot won via TKO.

Now fans are wondering what exactly happened to the knee and how long will he be out of competition.

On Saturday night Fiziev shared a video from the hospital while he, Bryce Mitchell and Michelle Waterson-Gomez all waited to be seen by a doctor.

“Look, everybody is here,” Fiziev said. “What is the business? What is the business, guys? The best business in the world. Everybody here. Alhamdulillah.”

Orthopedic sports surgeon, Dr. David Abbasi had his thoughts about what happened shortly after the injury occured.

"Fiziev clearly tore his ACL. From video my first 1st image shows his knee slid forward consistent w ACL tear," he wrote on Twitter shortly after the event. "2nd image knee slid back into place. Will likely get ACL surgery- likely out for 9-12 months."

UPDATE: On Monday night Fiziev released a video about his injury. In the video, he was seen with a knee brace and a crutch. He confirmed that he'd suffered anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injury.

“My ACL said as-salaamu alaikum and ran off," he joked in the clip. “Just want to say thank you to all my supporters. I see it, I feel it, in all the messages and comments. Thank you my brothers. Thank you for support, and I will be back."

He continued, “I’m just sad because I had a very great camp, and I’m ready to show my best skills. And I’m sad because it happened only in the second round. I can get ready for loss like that, but I’m more than happy, 100 times more happy if it happens in the fifth round, because I’m sure and I believe I can show in this fight very nice skills."

This marks the second loss in a row for Fiziev after losing to Justin Gaethje.

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