Shavkat Rakhmonov News
Joaquin Buckley plans to step in for Stephen Thompson after ‘Wonderboy’ bails on Shavkat Rakhmonov fight: “He ain’t going to show up to that”
Susan Cox - November 24, 2023
Stephen Thompson rejects notion that the UFC is punishing him with Shavkat Rakhmonov fight
Harry Kettle - September 29, 2023
Stephen Thompson explains why he took Shavkat Rakhmonov fight after previously not being interested in it
Cole Shelton - September 27, 2023
Stephen Thompson verbally agrees to face Shavkat Rakhmonov at UFC 296: "Can't wait"
Josh Evanoff - September 22, 2023
Shavkat Rakhmonov reacts after Kelvin Gastelum announces their fight is postponed due to injury: “Did you realize it was bad idea just now?”
Susan Cox - August 1, 2023
Dana White announces Shavkat Rakhmonov vs. Kelvin Gastelum for co-main event of UFC Mexican Independence Day card
Cole Shelton - June 28, 2023
Shavkat Rakhmonov will be returning to the Octagon in September. Dana White took to social media to announce the UFC is holding a Mexican Independence Day card on September 16th at the T-Mobile Arena and Rakhmonov will take on Kelvin Gastelum in the co-main event. The main event of the card sees Alexa Grasso defending her flyweight title against Valentina Shevchenko in a rematch.
Kelvin Gastelum accepts Shavkat Rakhmonov's callout: "Stylistically I’m horrible for him"
Cole Shelton - June 20, 2023
Kelvin Gastelum is ready to fight Shavkat Rakhmonov next time out. After Gastelum announced he would be making the move to welterweight, Rakhmonov quickly called him out on social media. Although Gastelum did not immediately respond as he was on vacation, the TUF 17 winner has said he wants that fight and hopes it can happen on the Mexican Independence card on September 16.
Chael Sonnen slams Shavkat Rakhmonov for his callout of Kelvin Gastelum: “It was about as wimpy as you could do a callout”
Harry Kettle - May 30, 2023
MMA analyst Chael Sonnen has questioned Shavkat Rakhmonov for his recent callout of returning welterweight Kelvin Gastelum. In his return to action last month, Kelvin Gastelum got back to winning ways with a solid victory over Chris Curtis. Ever since then, many have wondered what’s next for him – with Gastelum himself being open to the idea of a move back to welterweight.
Shavkat Rakhmonov calls to fight Kelvin Gastelum in return to welterweight division
Josh Evanoff - May 23, 2023
UFC welterweight contender Shavkat Rakhmonov would love to welcome Kelvin Gastelum back to the division. The former middleweight title challenger is fresh off his return last month at UFC 287. In that outing, Gastelum earned a badly needed unanimous decision victory over Chris Curtis. For their performances, the two received the ‘Performance of the Night’ award. Weeks following the victory, he announced his plans to drop back down to the welterweight division.
Khamzat Chimaev squashes beef with Shavkat Rakhmonov following recent social media spat
Harry Kettle - April 11, 2023
Stephen Thompson responds after Shavkat Rakhmonov taunts him with “who’s grappler now?” comment on Twitter
Lewis Simpson - March 7, 2023
Stephen Thompson has responded after Shavkat Rakhmonov taunts him following his UFC 285 victory over Geoff Neal. At the tail-end of 2022, Thompson found his way back into the win column after a back-and-forth brawl with Kevin Holland.
UFC President Dana White says Colby Covington is ready to fight, likes the idea of ‘Chaos’ vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov
Harry Kettle - March 6, 2023
UFC president Dana White has shown interest in booking Shavkat Rakhmonov to take on Colby Covington in his next fight. Last Saturday night, Shavkat Rakhmonov submitted Geoff Neal in what proved to be a sensational encounter at UFC 285. He had to overcome some real adversity, which included getting rocked once or twice, but he persevered and secured the finish late in the bout.
Shavkat Rakhmonov calls for a title shot following his submission victory over Geoff Neal at UFC 285: “Give me title shot in Abu Dhabi”
Fernando Quiles - March 5, 2023
Shavkat Rakhmonov is riding high following a third-round submission finish over Geoff Neal, and he’s eyeing gold at welterweight. Rakhmonov and Neal shared the Octagon on the main card of UFC 285 this past Saturday night. In the end, Rakhmonov secured a rear-naked choke and that was all she wrote.
Pros react after Shavkat Rakhmonov stops Geoff Neal at UFC 285
Chris Taylor - March 4, 2023
Tonight’s UFC 285 main card lineup featured a key welterweight contest between Shavkat Rakhmonov and Geoff Neal. Neal (15-5 MMA) had entered the bout sporting a two-fight winning streak, his most recent being an impressive knockout victory over Vicente Luque. ‘Handz of Steel’ had gone 7-2 overall in his UFC career ahead of tonight’s affair.
"Pissed off" Geoff Neal expecting an early finish or "a three-round war" against Shavkat Rakhmonov at UFC 285: "I just feel disrespected"
Cole Shelton - February 28, 2023
Geoff Neal doesn’t think he is getting the respect he deserves heading into his UFC 285 fight against Shavkat Rakhmonov. Neal is set to take on Rakhmonov in a big fight for the welterweight division. The two were originally booked to fight back in January, but an injury to Neal forced the fight to be moved to UFC 285. After news of Neal’s withdrawal was made public, he got flooded with comments suggesting that he was scared of Rakhmonov, which he wasn’t happy about.
Shavkat Rakhmonov vs Geoff Neal rebooked for UFC 285 in March
Susan Cox - January 4, 2023
Shavkat Rakhmonov vs Geoff Neal has been rebooked for UFC 285 in March. Rakhmonov (16-0 MMA) vs Neal (15-4 MMA) was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 14th of this year but was scratched due to ‘Handz of Steel‘ suffering an undisclosed injury.
Shavkat Rakhmonov hilariously reacts to Kevin Lee's callout of Khamzat Chimaev: "Where do I fit into this"
Josh Evanoff - December 30, 2022
Shavkat Rakhmonov wants to know where he fits into the welterweight division. ‘Nomad’ has been out of action since his clash with Neil Magny in June. The bout was the biggest test of the undefeated fighter’s career thus far, but he was seemingly unfazed. Rakhmonov dominated the veteran en route to a second-round submission win.
Geoff Neal and Shavkat Rakhmonov react to their UFC Vegas 67 fight being off: "Nobody's scared"
Cole Shelton - December 29, 2022
Geoff Neal and Shavkat Rakhmonov will no longer be fighting at UFC Vegas 67 on January 14. Neal and Rakhmonov were set to be the co-main event of the card in a very intriguing welterweight scrap as ‘Nomad’ was looking to remain undefeated. However, just two weeks before the fight, it was reported that Neal suffered an injury and was forced out of the contest.
Shavkat Rakhmonov bumps Jorge Masvidal from the welterweight top 10 in latest UFC rankings update
Harry Kettle - October 5, 2022
Stephen Thompson not interested in fighting Shavkat Rakhmonov next: "It doesn't make sense for me to face another heavy grappler"
Cole Shelton - August 25, 2022
Stephen Thompson isn’t interested in fighting Shavkat Rakhmonov next. Thompson hasn’t fought since last December when he lost by decision to Belal Muhammad. It was his second straight defeat, and in both losses, he was out grappled and outwrestled.
Neil Magny reacts following submission loss to Shavkat Rakhmonov at UFC Vegas 57
Harry Kettle - June 27, 2022
Neil Magny has provided fans with a positive reaction to his submission loss at the hands of Shavkat Rakhmonov. Heading into Saturday night’s co-main event at the UFC Apex, Neil Magny seemed to be feeling pretty confident about his chances against rising prospect Shavkat Rakhmonov. From his 7-2 record to his storied history as a UFC fighter, it’s no surprise that Magny backed himself – but in the end, Shavkat just proved to be too much for the 34-year-old.
Pros react after Shavkat Rakhmonov submits Neil Magny at UFC Vegas 57
Chris Taylor - June 25, 2022
Tonight’s UFC Vegas 57 event was co-headlined by a key welterweight bout featuring Neil Magny taking on Shavkat Rakhmonov. Magny (26-9 MMA) had entered the contest on a two-fight winning streak, his most recent being a split decision win over Max Griffin. The welterweight veteran had gone 5-1 over his past six Octagon appearances overall.
UFC Vegas 57 Results: Shavkat Rakhmonov stops Neil Magny in Round 2 (Video)
Chris Taylor - June 25, 2022
Tonight’s UFC Vegas 57 event is co-headlined by a key welterweight bout featuring Neil Magny taking on Shavkat Rakhmonov. Magny (26-8 MMA) will enter the contest on a two-fight winning streak, his most recent being a split decision win over Max Griffin. The welterweight veteran has gone 5-1 over his past six Octagon appearances overall.
Shavkat Rakhmonov plans to make a statement against Neil Magny at UFC Vegas 57: “I’m ready to show that I’m better than anyone in the division”
Susan Cox - June 23, 2022
Shavkat Rakhmonov plans to make a statement against Neil Magny at UFC Vegas 57. It will be Rakhmonov (15-0 MMA) vs Magny (26-9 MMA) in the co-main welterweight bout this weekend, Saturday, June 25th at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Neil Magny plans to “dominate” Shavkat Rakhmonov at UFC Vegas 57: “I’m going to go out there and show him that there’s some levels to this game”
Harry Kettle - June 23, 2022
Neil Magny plans on dominating Shavkat Rakhmonov this weekend as the two prepare to meet at UFC Vegas 57. With a 7-2 record across his last nine fights, Neil Magny has spent the last few years proving that he’s still a force to be reckoned with in the welterweight division. The 34-year-old veteran is willing to take on any and all comers and even though many don’t think he’ll make it into title contention at this stage of his career, he’s still a valued and important member of the division.