Rafel Fiziev had mixed emotions after knocking out former training partner Matt Riddell with a brutal kick to the spinning wheel, before calling out movie star Vince Vaughn.
The lightweight contender earned a bonus of $ 50,000 (£ 37,677) after cold knocking Riddell out in Las Vegas at the Apex on Saturday night.
It was a close encounter between the 155-pound ranked fighters, but Fiziev managed to close the show with one of the most spectacular knockouts of 2021 as he unleashed a massive right kick to Riddell’s temple.
Clearly on his feet, the American slowly collapsed onto the canvas and Herb Dean properly stopped the fight.
The Kazakhstani, who called out social media star Hasbulla in August, then proposed A-List Hollywood star Vaughn, who was seated in the front row.
“Give me three months and I’m ready to fight again,” Fiziev said in his post-fight interview.
“We have a legend here, maybe he wants to fight with me. Yeah, his name Vince Vaughn… Yeah, I love him.
Fiziev and Riddell became friends during their time in Thailand as Tiger Muay Thai Gym trainers and the 28-year-old admitted it was difficult to do that to a friend.
“I don’t know if I’m sad or happy because it’s not that good when you win (against) your friend like that,” Fiziev said at the post-fight press conference.
“I never find a knockout in my fights and I never try to knock out, I never believe it even before the fight. I waited for the damage from him and took it.
“When I start putting his back to the cage, when I saw him, he was going right every time he let his hands drop. I thought I needed to backfist or kick back.
The main card event at Sin City pitted Jose Aldo against Rob Font in a bantamweight clash with potential title ramifications.
Aldo, the ‘King of Rio’, gave a five-round masterclass to win a unanimous decision and also called for a fight with former champion TJ Dillashaw.