Shavkat Rakhmonov



To face Thompson
September 22, 2023
Rakhmonov will fight Stephen Thompson at UFC 296 on Dec. 16, according to Dana White.
Rakhmonov will come into this fight with a ton of hype, as he's sporting a 17-0 record during his professional career, all of which were finishes. He's coming off wins against Neil Magny and Geoff Neal, but the 40-year-old Thompson is hungry for a win to prove that he's still a contender.
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Not fighting on Sept. 16
August 1, 2023
Rakhmonov will not fight Kelvin Gastelum on Sept. 16, according to Damon Martin of
Gastelum withdrew from the fight because of an undisclosed injury. He is reportedly willing to compete against Rakhmonov in November. However, the undefeated welterweight prefers they fight during October if their fight can get re-scheduled.
Set for Sept. 16 fight
June 28, 2023
Rakhmonov will take on Kelvin Gastelum in a welterweight bout on Sept. 16 in Las Vegas, Damon Martin of reports.
Rahkmonov is undefeated through 17 professional fights and is fresh off a win via submission over Geoff Neal in March. He will look to stay perfect against Gastelum, who has lost in five of his last seven bouts, but recently took down Chris Curtis via unanimous decision.
Another standout performance
March 4, 2023
Rakhmonov defeated Geoff Neal via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:17 of Round 3 at UFC 285 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
There's most definitely a scenario in play in which this guy is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world in the not-too-distant future. Accepting this fight at a 175-pound catchweight after a bad weight miss by Neal on Friday morning, Rakhmonov went about his business, dissecting his opponent with a variety of different offensive attacks. Shavkat hits hard, he can grapple, and he's not afraid to absorb punishment from his opposition. In fact, every single time Neal cracked him with a big shot he simply smiled and went about his business. 17 fights into his professional career, the 28-year-old remains undefeated, with 17 stoppage (eight knockouts, nine submission) victories. Shavkat asked for either Colby Covington or a title shot next. Both are massive asks, but he's probably ready for it. In the meantime, he'll take home at least a $50,000 bonus after this matchup was awarded Fight of the Night honors (often times, the fighter facing a heavy opponent gets their share of the bonus as well).
Fight on at catchweight
March 3, 2023
Rakhmonov agreed to face Geoff Neal in a catchweight bout at UFC 285 on Saturday after Neal weighed in at 175 pounds Friday, reports.
Neal missed the welterweight limit by four pounds and will be fined 30 percent of his purse. Rakhmonov defeated Neil Magny last June and is 4-0 since joining the UFC in 2020, while Neal is 7-2 in the promotion and is coming off a win against Vicente Luque in August.
Neal misses weight
March 3, 2023
Rakhmonov's welterweight matchup with Geoff Neal at UFC 285 on Saturday is in question after Neal weighed in at 175 pounds, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
Neal missed the welterweight limit by four pounds, and it's unclear at this point if Rakhmonov will agree to fight a heavy opponent.