Shavkat Rakhmonov Faces Hardest Take a look at of his Profession at UFC Vegas 57

The undefeated Shavkat Rakhmonov returns this weekend at UFC Vegas 57 and faces the hardest take a look at of his profession. Taking over Neil Magny, the 2 will conflict within the co-main occasion and the combat shall be pivotal within the panorama of the welterweight division. At the moment ranked #15, Rakhmonov will look to proceed his undefeated run by getting the higher of #10 Neil Magny.

Step Up in Competitors for Rakhmonov

At 3-0 within the UFC so far, Rakhmonov has seemed flawless. He entered his debut with a powerful report of 12-0, all of which have come through end. He was the previous M-1 World welterweight champion and got here into the UFC with large hype round him. What we did not realise about Rakhmonov is simply how well-rounded he’s. Debuting in 2020 in opposition to Alex OliveiraRakhmonov completed the combat within the first spherical through guillotine.

He took on Michel Prazeres in his second bow and but once more the combat ended through submission, this time within the second spherical. He dominated the combat for so long as it lasted, outlanding his opponent 21-6 on vital strikes. He then clashed with Carlston Harristhe place he gained a efficiency of the evening bonus for a first-round knockout.

All of his fights throughout his profession have completed inside the gap and he is solely entered the third spherical as soon as. Reverse him, Neil Magny is extraordinarily used to extending the combat late. Recognized for his unimaginable fuel tank, Magny can utilise his superior expertise to attempt to combat at a excessive tempo, testing Rakhmonov in a method that he’s but to be examined earlier than.

Magny has been a stalwart of the UFC since 2013, headlining three occasions and dealing with among the greatest names the game has needed to provide. Rafael dos Anjos, Demien Maia, Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit are simply among the names on his report. He is gone the gap 18 instances and has by no means gave the impression to be drained in a combat, displaying simply how spectacular his cardio is. He has gone the complete 15-minute distance in his final 5 3-round fights and gone 25 minutes in opposition to Michael Chiesa in January of final yr.

Story of the Tape – Indicators to Victory

Magny holds a two-inch peak and three-inch attain benefit over Rakhmonov and may look to make use of this to his benefit. What’s spectacular is that Magny not solely has the peak and attain over his opponent however most of the time, he makes use of that benefit effectively. He fights lengthy and must be trying to do that in opposition to ‘Nomad’. Teep kicks, jabs and interrupting the assaults of Rakhmonov earlier than he manages to get into his rhythm are all issues that Magny can do to achieve victory.

He seems to be to land takedowns typically, averaging 2.37 per combat, nevertheless, Rahmonov has a 100% takedown protection within the UFC. Once more, that is one thing that Magny can look to utilise as we’re but to see Rakhmonov combat off his again. If Magny can put him into these uncomfortable positions, he can look to fatigue his opponent and work his dominant type.

It is clear that Rakhmonov has devastating energy, ending eight of his 15 fights through knockout. We have seen Magny inclined to leg kicks all through his profession, particularly in opposition to Santiago Ponzinibbio. The Argentine brutalised the legs of Magny and massively hampered his motion. He should not be too involved about this in opposition to the Uzbekistan native, nevertheless. Rakhmonov has solely landed 4 complete leg kicks throughout his three UFC fights so far.

Keys to Victory for Rakhmonov

  • Get inside early, look to clinch and management Magny and work journey takedowns. Chiesa was in a position to take Magny down and management his for upwards of quarter-hour throughout their primary occasion and this can be a clear gap within the American’s sport
  • Combine it up utilizing leg kicks. We all know that Magny is inclined to leg kicks and Rakhmonov hardly ever throws them. Including that strike to his arsenal is actually one thing that might take his sport to the following stage. Taking away the bottom of Magny will forestall him from conserving the combat at size and dealing the jab. Working at Sandford MMA will definitely assist take Rakhmonov’s sport to the following stage
  • Be energetic. Though he’s but to go deep in a combat and we’re not sure of his cardio or his endurance, we will assume that he is effectively ready. Magny absorbs simply 2.57 strikes per minute and Rakhmonov must overwhelm him and land extra typically on his opponent. This can forestall Magny from stepping into his groove and can arguably take him unexpectedly. We have seen Rakhmonov land simply 2.94 strikes per minute, but when he will increase this, he’ll seemingly catch Magny off guard. Magny can also be a notoriously gradual starter, shedding the primary spherical in every of his final three fights, so being aggressive early will profit the undefeated future star.

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