Shavkat Rakhmonov

Shavkat Bakhtibaevich Rakhmonov is Kazakhstani professional mixed martial. He competes in the Welterweight division in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

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By Mohit | May 9, 2023 | 4 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Shavkat Bakhtibaevich Rakhmonov is Kazakhstani professional mixed martial. He competes in the Welterweight division in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Shavkat Rakhmonov [Image Credit: Twitter@Rakhmonov1994]

Shavkat Rakhmonov is a professional mixed martial artist (MMA) from Kazakhstan. Shavkat Rakhmonov, born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, on October 17, 1994. known for his explosive fighting style and outstanding abilities inside the Octagon. He became passionate about martial arts at a young age.

In 2014, Rakhmonov made his professional debut in regional clubs. He attracted attention quickly due to his impressive performance and unique skill set. Rakhmonov showed his grappling skills, frequently submitting his opponents with his smooth submission moves.

Rakhmonov is famous for being disciplined and modest outside of the cage. He thanks his achievement to hard work in the gym and the encouragement of his teammates, coaches, and fans. Rakhmonov is still committed to developing his abilities and moving up the UFC welterweight division ladder in the hopes of one day winning the title.

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NameShavkat Rakhmonov
D.O.BOctober 1994
Height6 ft 1 in
OccupationMixed Martial Artist

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Shavkat Rakhmonov’s background

Shavkat Rakhmonov is a professional mixed martial artist hailing from Kazakhstan. He was born on February 2, 1995, in Oral, Kazakhstan. Rakhmonov began his training in martial arts at a young age, focusing on various areas such as boxing, wrestling, and judo.

Rakhmonov made his professional MMA debut in 2015 and quickly gained attention for his well-rounded skill set and impressive performances. Competing primarily in the welterweight division, he showcased his striking prowess, grappling abilities, and relentless determination inside the cage.

During his early career, Rakhmonov fought in regional promotions, amassing an impressive undefeated record and finishing the majority of his opponents. His dominant performances caught the attention of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), one of the premier MMA organizations globally.

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Rakhmonov’s professional career began in October 2014, He continued on keep battling, primarily under the M-1 banner, winning five more fights in his native Kazakhstan Mixed Martial Arts Federation (KZMMAF) organization than he lost in his seven professional bouts with promotion. He would switch between the two organizations, eventually getting his first professional title shot against Faridun Odilov for the KZMMAF welterweight crown. His third-round TKO victory gave him the belt. Rakhmonov also won the WMMAA World and Asian Championships as an amateur.

Rakhmonov became the world champion, in amateur MMA, for WMMAA (World MMA Association) in 2013 as an 18 years old. In his final outing on the local scene, Rakhmonov successfully defended his M-1 welterweight title by stopping Tiago Varejo in the opening frame of M-1 Challenge 102.

Shavkat Rakhmonov’s UFC career

Shavkat Rakhmonov made his debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2020, Rakhmonov quickly established himself as a promising prospect in the welterweight division.

In his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 179 in October 2020, Rakhmonov faced experienced fighter Alex Oliveira. Despite being considered an underdog, Rakhmonov stunned the MMA world with a first-round guillotine choke submission, earning him the Performance of the Night bonus.

Rakhmonov faced Michel Prazeres at UFC 257 riding on impressive momentum. Once again, he displayed his submission prowess, securing a first-round rear-naked choke victory. And this win further solidified his reputation as a dangerous submission artist in the welterweight division.

Rakhmonov’s next bout came in September 2021 when he faced off against Brazil’s Cowboy Oliveira at UFC 270. In a highly intense bout, Rakhmonov showcased his striking skills and resilience, earning a unanimous decision victory after three hard-fought rounds.

Throughout his UFC career, Rakhmonov has demonstrated exceptional grappling skills, with the majority of his wins coming via submission. He combines strong wrestling with a diverse submission arsenal, making him a formidable opponent for anyone in the welterweight division.

Rakhmonov has shown immense potential and has already made a name for himself in the UFC. With his skill set, determination, and continued growth, he has the potential to become a future contender in the welterweight division and a fan favorite with his exciting fighting style.

Rakhmonov’s current ranking in the Welterweight division is #6

Championships and accomplishments:

World Mixed Martial Arts Association (WMMAA)

  • 1st World Championship Welterweight (2013)
  • 1st Asian Championship Welterweight (2014)
  • 2nd World Championship Welterweight (2014)
  • 2nd World Championship Welterweight (2015)

Ultimate Fighting Championship

  • Performance of the Night(x2 times) vs Carlston Harris and Neil Magny
  • Fight of the Night vs Geoff Neal

M-1 Global

  • M-1 Welterweight Championship (One time) 

Kazakhstan Mixed Martial Arts Federation

  • KZMMAF Welterweight Championship (One time)

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