Final Combating Championship (UFC) Welterweight abilities Shavkat Rakhmonov and Neil Magny will go to conflict this weekend (Sat., June 25, 2022) at UFC Vegas 57 inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rakhmonov might not have generated as a lot prompt hype as a sure “Chechen Wolf,” however three fights into his UFC profession, he is regarded each bit as proficient. The previous M-1 champion has been dispatching opponents with full ease, showcasing dynamic abilities in all areas. All that stated, he is by no means confronted a foe fairly like Neil Magny. All the time the primary man to leap on unenviable match ups and thrive regardless of the betting odds, Magny is Welterweight’s most stalwart veteran.
This bout will decide whether or not or not Rakhmonov is the true deal, so let’s take a more in-depth take a look at the keys to victory for every man:
Key Wins: Alex Oliveira (UFC 254), Michel Prazeres (UFC Vegas 30), Carlson Harris (UFC Vegas 47)
Key Losses: None
Keys to Victory: A Grasp of Sport in each Fight Sambo and blended martial arts (MMA), Kazakhstan’s Rakhmonov very a lot seems to be the a part of a future world champion. He is enormous for the Welterweight division, which solely makes his mixture of highly effective distance kickboxing and top-notch wrestling extra brutal for his opponents.
The technique right here couldn’t be extra apparent: keep away from the clinch. Although Rakhmonov’s personal construct will doubtless assist mitigate the clinch wrestling fashion Magny likes to make the most of, it is nonetheless not a place Rakhmonov desires to seek out himself. Magny is just too artful from there, too good at sucking his opponents into the precise sort of struggle that Magny wins.
At a distance, the veteran is way extra weak. Rakhmonov is a majorly explosive striker, a much more damaging hitter than Magny. As well as, Magny has proven a weak spot to heavy kicks at a distance, notably from males like Lorenz Larkin and Santiago Ponzinibbio. Rakhmonov has the instruments to blast Magny at vary with calf kicks and spinning strikes alike, and when Magny does attempt to press ahead, he is one hell of a counter striker.
Key Wins: Kelvin Gastelum (UFC Battle Evening 78), Johny Hendricks (UFC 207), Hector Lombard (UFC Battle Evening 85), Carlos Condit (UFC 219), Geoff Neal (UFC Vegas 26), Li Jingliang (UFC 248), Robbie Lawler (UFC Vegas 8)
Key Losses: Santiago Ponzinibbio (UFC Battle Evening 140), Michael Chiesa (UFC Battle Island 8), Demian Maia (UFC 190), Rafael dos Anjos (UFC 215), Lorenz Larkins (UFC 202)
Keys to Victory: Magny is a extremely distinctive fighter. He makes use of his lankiness at distance with lengthy combos of double jabs and crosses, usually shifting stances to land. He does his greatest work within the clinch, the place Magny is a significant risk with each strikes and takedowns.
The clinch is Magny’s refuge on this match up. He is outmatched at a distance, notably early within the struggle whereas Rakhmonov remains to be so fast. Contained in the small UFC Apex cage, Magny must be targeted on urgent his foe in direction of the fence as rapidly as doable, as a result of it is a far more even match up as soon as the 2 are tied up.
Positive, Rakhmonov has the wrestling to maybe toss Magny within the clinch, however that is not an enormous deal. If the 2 are wrestling back-and-forth, Magny is getting the kind of struggle he desires. All of the bodily expertise and talent on this planet means little as soon as fatigued, and few are higher at forcing grueling wars of attrition than Magny as soon as he is capable of play his sport.
One of many division’s greatest prospects faces its most established gatekeeper.
Rakhmonov is particular. He is a dynamic finisher with nice bodily items and technical abilities. UFC is often sluggish to advertise Japanese European athletes who do not communicate English, however while you’re trucking folks like “Nomad,” properly, exceptions are made. If Rakhmonov continues his successful methods right here, he’ll break into the High 10 and be deserving of a marquee match up subsequent — maybe his first predominant occasion slot?
As for Magny, it is all the time going to be robust to shake that gatekeeper label this deep into his profession as a Welterweight contender. That stated, victory right here would make it three in a row and 6 of his final seven. Knocking off a extremely regarded prospect like Rakhmonov counts for one thing, so maybe that will be sufficient to earn him an opportunity to climb the ladder somewhat than struggle down.
At UFC Vegas 57, Shavkat Rakhmonov and Neil Magny will collide within the co-main occasion. Which man will earn the victory?
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