Shavkat Rakhmonov proved to be a serious problem for the UFC welterweight division on June 25. “Nomad” took on perennial contender Neil Magny in a three-round welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night: Tsarukyan vs. Gamrot.
Rakhmonov kept his composure throughout the fight and finished Magny with a guillotine choke with just seconds left in round two.
Rakhmonov is now 16-0 as a professional martial artist. The most impressive thing to note about the 27-year-old’s resume is that Rakhmonov has completed all 16 of his fights. “Nomad” has won eight fights by knockout and the rest by submission.
Rakhmonov is comfortably moving up the ranks in the welterweight division. If ‘Nomad’ continues to score like he did at UFC Vegas 57, it won’t be long before we see him challenge for the UFC title.
Comparisons have been made between Rakhmonov and Khamzat Chimaev. Prior to UFC Vegas 57, former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen spoke about the similarities between the two welterweights:
“There’s a guy fighting tomorrow night, Rakhmonov. Do you know Rakhmonov? Rakhmonov is 15-0. He’s wrestling heavy, he’s brave, he’ll take on anyone. I just described Chimaev. Isn’t it?
Watch the video below:
Shavkat Rakhmonov calls Stephen Thompson for next fight
After an impressive outing at UFC Fight Night: Tsarukyan vs. Gamrot, Shavkat Rakhmonov has his eyes set on a new target. During his octagonal interview with Michael Bisping, “Nomad” called out perennial elite welterweight Stephen Thompson for a fight.
Watch Rakhmonov’s post-fight interview below:
Thompson is a veteran of the MMA sport and has been in several high profile fights. The 39-year-old has won names like Robert Whittaker, Vicente Luque, Johny Hendricks, Jake Ellenberger and Matt Brown.
‘Wonderboy’ competed for the UFC title twice but came up short both times. Thompson is currently going through a rough patch in the UFC. The 39-year-old has been outplayed in his last two fights against Belal Muhammad and Gilbert Burns and lost both by decision.
‘Wonderboy’ needs to find his way back to victory, but a fight with Rakhmonov could prove difficult for the former title challenger.