Shavkat Rakhmonov faced a tough challenge at UFC 285 PPV card over the weekend against opponent Geoff Neal.
Rakhmonov hails out of Kazakhstan and used to train under Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.
Despite Neal’s four-pound weight miss at weigh-ins, the event went on, and Rakhmonov showed that he was up for the challenge.
Rakhmonov’s record was an impressive 16-0 before the event, with a recent win against Neil Magny. He showcased his skills throughout the match, making it a potential candidate for one of the bonuses.
The action was intense, with both guys testing each other’s chins. Towards the end of round one, Rakhmonov landed a perfectly timed lead head kick that resulted in a sizable cut under Neal’s eye. Despite the injury, Neal continued while trying to avoid Rakhmonov’s heavy hands.
Rakhmonov was determined to maintain his undefeated record and secured the victory in the last few minutes of the event with a standing RNC. The crowd was in awe of the display of skills and power from both.
Despite his loss, Neal left the ring with his head held high, proud of the performance he put forth on such a significant stage. Rakhmonov, on the other hand, has his sights set on the next challenge, calling out Colby Covington for his next match or a title shot.
UFC President Dana White was impressed with the action and even entered the octagon afterwards to greet them. He also confirmed that Neal would receive a bonus for his performance despite missing weight.
Following the event Neal was subjected to trolling. According to reports, Kazakh fans had sent Neal some ‘helpful tips’ to avoid this in future.
No word yet on how Neal reacted to the troll.
In Hell with Shavkat Rakhmonov. pic.twitter.com/CIx3qUrBea
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