Shavkat Rakhmonov



Next fight on tap
November 21, 2021
Rakhmonov will take on Carlston Harris in a welterweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Feb. 5, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Rakhmonov carries a 14-0 record as a professional fighter, and he's won his first two fights under the UFC banner. He most recently defeated Michel Prazeres via submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC Vegas 30 in late June. Harris has also won his first two fights with the promotion, most recently defeating Impa Kasanganay via TKO (punches) in September. Rakhmonov has a slight advantage in height.
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Stays undefeated with convincing performance
June 27, 2021
Rakhmonov defeated Michel Prazeres via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:10 of Round 2 at UFC Vegas 30 on Saturday.
Rakhmonov entered as one of the biggest betting favorites on the card -- as high as (-350) -- and looked every bit the part. He used a massive reach advantage to keep Prazeres' looping shots at bay, ultimately recording a takedown in Round 1 and using it to gain 3:25 worth of control time and a big advantage in the significant strikes count. Round 2 was more of the same, as Rakhmonov used a spinning wheel kick and a strong knee to begin the fight-ending sequence. He was able to get Prazeres to his back, follow up with ground-and-pound and take his back to get the rear-naked choke. The 26-year-old Rakhmonov is a perfect 14-0 as a professional and appears due for a big step up in his next fight.
Taking on Michel Prazeres
April 1, 2021
Rakhmonov is set to fight Michel Prazeres at the UFC's event on June 26, Ag. Fight reports.
Rakhmonov earned a convincing win in his UFC debut last October, and he'll now take on an opponent who last stepped into the Octagon two years ago. The 26-year-old still boasts a pristine 13-0 professional fighting record, an he stands to boast a significant advantage in terms of height versus Prazeres.
Dominant effort in UFC debut
October 24, 2020
Rakhmonov defeated Alex Oliveira via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:40 of Round 1 at UFC 254 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
It was a brilliant performance from Rakhmonov in his UFC debut. As if scoring a first-round stoppage win over a respected veteran wasn't enough, Rakhmonov picked up a percentage of Oliveira's purse after the latter missed weight Friday. Rakhmonov spent the early portion of the bout hammering Oliveira on the feet. He put together a couple beautiful combinations that targeted both the head and body. After that, Rakhmonov saw an opportunity to pull guard along the fence, and he took advantage and ended up quickly choking Oliveira out. The Kazakhstan native turned just 26 years of age Friday. Keep an eye on him. There's big-time potential here.
To face heavy opponent
October 23, 2020
Rakhmonov will be awarded 20 percent of Alex Oliveira's fight purse after his opponent came in two pounds heavy for their welterweight matchup at UFC 254 on Saturday, reports.
While Rakhmonov was able to hit his mark on this scales, Oliveira came in at 173 pounds -- two pounds over the limit for a non-title fight in the welterweight division. Meanwhile, the betting odds have shifted in favor of Rakhmonov, as he's a slight favorite in some sportsbooks as of Friday morning after opening as roughly a (+130) betting underdog. The former M-1 Global champion will put his undefeated record on the line in Saturday's prelims, taking on a UFC veteran in the 32-year-old Oliveira, who is coming off back-to-back wins of his own.
Gets new opponent for UFC 254
October 7, 2020
Rakhmonov (12-0-0) is scheduled to face Alex Oliveira (22-8-1, 2 NC) in a welterweight fight Oct. 24 at UFC 254 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Rakhmonov was initially slated to face Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos on "Fight Island," but he'll now take on Oliveira, who was tabbed as a short-notice replacement after Zaleski dos Santos withdrew. The undefeated Rakhmonov is making his UFC debut in Abu Dhabi after wrapping up a successful run in the M-1 Global promotion.