Rising welterweight star Shavkat Rakhmonov silenced doubters and solidified his contender status with a second-round submission of MMA legend Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson at UFC 296.
The Kazakh phenom extended his undefeated streak to 18-0 and etched his name in history by earning the first-ever submission of the elusive Thompson. After a cagey first round, Rakhmonov unleashed his grappling mastery in the second, taking “Wonderboy” down and locking in a rear-naked choke for the tap at 4:56.
The crowd erupted as Rakhmonov, now boasting a 100% finishing rate, made his championship aspirations clear. “I’m ready for the title shot next,” he declared, calling out the winner of Colby Covington vs. Leon Edwards.
Undefeated, skilled, and charismatic, Rakhmonov is a force to be reckoned with. The welterweight division has a new star, and a potential champion, on the rise.
Last updated on 18 Dec 2023 - 15:20