Shavkat Rakhmonov will ultimately get his wish fulfilled against a higher-ranked opponent in longtime UFC veteran Neil Magny. The two have been booked to fight at the upcoming UFC Fight Night card scheduled on June 25. MMA Junkie was the first to report the bout between Rakhmonov and Magny.
Welterweight Showdown: Rakhmonov vs. Magny
Rakhmonov, the #15 ranked welterweight contender is undefeated with a record of 15-0 and is one of the most impressive rising prospects of the sport besides the 3rd ranked welterweight contender Khamzat Chimaev, who fought last in a back and forth battle against former title challenger Gilbert Burns.
Unlike Chimaev though, Rakhmonov clearly has taken the slower approach, fighting once a year since his UFC debut against Alex Oliviera at UFC 254 back in 2020. He has looked unstoppable, dispatching all of his opponents, including submission victories against veterans in the aforementioned Cowboy Oliviera and Michel Prazeres.
The 27-year-old phenom last fought at UFC Vegas 47 in February of this year, where he finished his opponent Carlston Harris via a spinning hook kick. This resulted in him bringing home the ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus.
Shavkat Rakhmonov vs. Neil Magny Promises Fireworks
The Kazakhstan native first called out Neil Magny on Twitter, also citing the fact nobody in the division wants to fight him, even accusing fellow welterweight Li Jingliang of ducking him. Magny is known in mixed martial arts circles for his old-school approach to fighting, where he has said yes to almost every guy that’s ever been offered to fight him.
The ex-armed forces veteran called for this fight nearly two weeks ago at the beginning of April, and since then he has posted about this new matchup on his Instagram and Twitter.
Magny (29-6-0 19-7-0 UFC) has been a perennial top-15 contender since entering the UFC in 2013 after a run on The Ultimate Fighter 16. The ‘Haitian Sensation’, currently ranked #10 in the welterweight division, is coming fresh off of a win at UFC Columbus against Max Griffin via split decision. Before that, he handed Geoff Neal his second straight loss at UFC on ESPN: Rodriguez vs Waterson.
After his last win over Griffin, Magny tied UFC Hall of Famer Georges St-Pierre with the most wins in the welterweight division with 19. In a nine-year-long UFC career, Magny has secured victories against the likes of Tim Means, Kelvin Gastelum, Hector Lombard, Carlos Condit, and former welterweight champions Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler.
There has yet to be a headliner announced for the UFC Fight Night card on June 25, and the location is still up in the air as well. Other bouts on the lineup include:
- Amir Albazi vs. Tim Elliott (flyweight bout)
- Vanessa Demopoulos vs. Jinh Yu Frey (women’s strawweight bout)
- Alan Baudot vs. Josh Parisian (heavyweight bout)
- Chris Curtis vs. Rodolfo Vieira (middleweight bout)
- Tyson Nam vs. Tagir Ulanbekov (bantamweight bout)
Will the ‘Nomad’ be able to pass the Magny test and remain undefeated? What do you think?
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