Fighter Profile: Shavkat Rakhmonov

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If you follow MMA you’ve definitely been following the Meteoric rise of Khamzat Chimaev, if you’re paying attention you’ll realize the fighter most people mention right after Chimaev is Kazakhstani and Uzbekistani fighter Shavkat Rakhmonov. Rakhmonov is an undefeated fighter much like Chimaev, and hopefully these two undefeated fighters will meet in a fight very soon because these two fighters and Sean Brady are the future of the UFC Welterweight division and MMA as a whole.

Rakhmonov was born October 23, 1994 in Shurchi District, Uzbekistan to a father who is a Kazakh, a mother who is a Kazakh-Konyrat. Rakhmonov learned about MMA by watching MMA fights on DVD. After watching MMA he decided to pursue Martial Arts at first with boxing, but would eventually switch to Combat Sambo where he’d become a Master of Sport in and Master of Sport in MMA. Rakhmonov is an excellent wrestler who’s wrestling and submissions are on par with the Dagestanis.

Rakhmonov made his Professional MMA debut in October of 2012 when faced off against Adam Tsurov in Nazran, Russia for the M-1 Challenge promotion. Rakhmononov would win the bout via Submission (triangle choke.) He’d then face off against Marcus Vinicios winning the bout via TKO (punches.) He’d then face Bartosz Chyrek in May of 2015 winning by KO (punches.)

Rakhmonov would win his next five fights before fighting Faridun Odilov for the KZMMAF Welterweight title he’d win said belt by TKO (punches.) He’d defend this title once against Rinat Sayakbaev. He’d then face off against Daniil Prikaza for the vacant M-1 Welterweight Championship He’d win the strap, and he’d defend that belt once before getting the call to fight in the UFC.

Rakhmonov would make his UFC debut in October of 2020 when he faced off against Alex ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira.  Rakhmonov would win the bout in the first round with a Submission by way of the guillotine choke. He’d then face Michel Prazeres in June of 2021 Rakhmonov would win the bout via Submission (rear-naked choke.) In his next outing he’d face Carlston Harris he’d win the bout via KO (spinning hook kick and punches) in February 2022. Rakhmonov would win the Performance of the Night with this highlight reel knockout.

Rakhmonov is set to face Neil Magny in a UFC Fight Night Main Event on June 25th. It’ll be interesting to see how this one shakes out.

What’s Next For Islam Makhachev?

UFC 267 results, highlights: Islam Makhachev inches closer to title shot  with dominant win vs. Dan Hooker -
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One of the UFC’s new rising stars is Islam Makhachev. Makhachev has an impressive ground game that was on full display at UFC 267 against Dan Hooker. Makhachev who is rightfully compared to the UFC’s greatest Lightweight of all time Khabib Nurmagomedov put on a clinic with a first round Kimura finish at UFC 267 to earn his ninth consecutive win, a streak he’s been on since 2016. With his win against Hooker it made one think what’s next for Islam Makhachev? Is a title shot in the cards for the Dagestani International Master of Sport in Combat Sambo?

Islam Makhachev got his start in the UFC in 2015 when he faced Leo Kuntz and won by Submission (rear-naked choke.) Since then Makhachev has only had one loss, the only career loss he had was his next fight against Adriano Martins. Since then has been on a war path to the top of the Lightweight Division.

When Makhachev beat Dan Hooker  he was asked by Daniel Cormier if he thought he was next in line for the title. He responded “Now it’s time, before, it was like top 11 or top 15 but this guy is No. 6. Now I have to talk. Nine-fight win streak, I am ready for title fight. Please, anyone, it doesn’t matter because this division now is a little bit sleep. I am working hard and have worked this division.” But who knows what the matchmakers will do? I think Makhachev will have a few options.

The first option would be be a fight with the loser of Gaethje vs. Chandler at UFC 268. Chandler would be an interesting matchup as it would be interesting to see Chandler’s wrestling work against Makhachev’s skills both on the ground and striking. Gaethje would also be an interesting matchup as Gaethje is also a wrestler.

The other option would be the loser of Dustin Poirier vs Charles Oliveira. We’ve seen a similar fight between Poirier and Nurmagomedov,  but Nurmagomedov and Makhachev are completely different fighters and it would be a matchup that fight fans would love to see. Olivera would be an interesting fight for Makhachev as Oliveira is a submission specialist. It’d be interesting to see Makhachev’s Sambo skill versus Olivera’s Jiu Jitsu.

No matter what the UFC matchmakers decide to do, UFC fans have a plethora of different fights that Makhachev could fight next. Hell, who knows? He might even get a title shot although that seems unlikely.






Islam Makhachev works for a submission against Drew Dober in their lightweight fight during UFC 259. Photo: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC
Islam Makhachev trys to win via submission against Drew Dober at UFC 259. Photo courtesy of: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Often hailed as the second coming of the greatest lightweight of all time, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Islam Makhachev is making his own name in the UFC, and is quickly becoming one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC lightweight division. A division packed with amazing fighters and big names.

Currently Makhachev is sporting a professional record of 20-1. Makhachev is an assassin in the Octagon. The former European, Russian, and World  Combat Sambo Champion stands at 5ft. 10 in. and weighs in at 155 pounds. Makhachev has a reach of 70.5 inches. Makhachev Currently fights out of the AKA gym in San Jose, California. Makhachev is coached by Javier Mendez and Khabib Nurmagomedov, and was formerly coached by Khabib’s late father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.

 Makhachev was born in Makhachkala, in the Republic of Dagestan, Russia.  He was born on September 27, 1991 and is 29 years old. Makachev is of the muslim faith, and was raised in a muslim community in the village of Burshi. Growing up Makhachev was seen as a weak person by his peers which led to Makachev being picked on by them. This perceived weakness was the catalyst for Makachev to become a stronger individual. He started doing many grueling activities to become stronger. These activities included lifting rocks and climbing up mountains in his native Dagestan. Growing up Makachev was a neighbor to Khabib Nurmagomedov and the two grew up together and formed a friendship and working relationship like no other. 

Makhachev realized how skilled of a fighter he was after winning an amatuer combat sambo competition. Makahchev then decided to move to MMA. He made his premier in MMA in August of 2010 with a bout in the ​​Tsumada Fighting Championship 4. After going undefeated in his first few fights Makachev signed a 4 fight deal with the UFC in October of 2014. His first fight in the UFC was in May of 2015, Makhachev won the bout against Leo Kuntz at UFC 187. Unfortunately Makachev wasn’t as lucky in his next bout as he lost against Adriano Martins by knockout in round one. Since then Makachev has been on an eight win streak. With wins over big names, Thiago Moises and Drew Dober.

Makachev is on a clear path to being one of the next champions in the Lightweight division. Ranked at number five in the division as of September 2nd 2021. It’ll be exciting to see what’s next for the fighter as he’s on a clear upward trajectory.