Shavkat Bakhtibayuly Rakhmonov (Kazakh: Шавкат Бақтыбайұлы Рахмонов, [ʂɑfˈkɑt bɑqtʰɯˈbɑjo̙ɫɯ rɑhˈmonɯf]; born October 23, 1994) is a Kazakhstani[6] professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Rakhmonov is also a former M-1 Global Welterweight Champion. As of December 19, 2023, he is #3 in the UFC welterweight rankings.[7]

Shavkat Rakhmonov
BornShavkat Bakhtibayuly Rakhmonov[1]
(1994-10-23) October 23, 1994 (age 29)
Shurchi District, Uzbekistan
NicknameNomad
NationalityKazakhstani
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
DivisionWelterweight
Reach77 in (196 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofKokshetau, Kazakhstan
TeamDAR Pro Team
Kill Cliff FC (2021–present)[3][4]
RankMaster of Sport in Combat Sambo[3][5]
Master of Sport in MMA[5]
Years active2014–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total18
Wins18
By knockout8
By submission10
Losses0
Amateur record
Total13
Wins11
By knockout1
By submission1
Losses2
By decision2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Background edit

Rakhmonov was born on October 23, 1994, in the town of Shurchi, Uzbekistan, into a Kazakh family. His father is a Kazakh of the Altynbay clan and his mother is a Kazakh of the Konyrat tribe. Rakhmonov is from the Altynbai clan of Alimuly tribe of the Junior Zhuz.[8][9][6]

At the age of 16, Rakhmonov and his family relocated to Karagandy, Kazakhstan where their relatives lived. The family was struggling financially, so Rakhmonov started working as a truck and warehouse loader to help his family. At the same time, he started attending local sports clubs and began training in combat sambo.

At age 19, Rakhmonov relocated to Kokshetau after being admitted to Kokshetau State University and began studying in physical education.

Rakhmonov's younger sister, Sora Rakhmonova, is also a mixed martial artist.[10]

Mixed martial arts career edit

Early career edit

As an amateur, Rakhmonov won the WMMAA World and Asian Championships titles.[11]

Rakhmonov's professional career began in October 2014, debuting with a first round triangle choke victory against Adam Tsurov at M-1 Challenge 52. He would continue fighting mainly under the M-1 banner, with seven of his professional fights taking place with promotion, with the remaining five wins coming in his home country's own MMA organization, Kazakhstan Mixed Martial Arts Federation (KZMMAF). He would alternate back-and-forth between the two organizations, earning his first shot at title as a pro against Faridun Odilov for the KZMMAF welterweight belt. He won the title by third-round TKO.[12]

As an 18-year-old, Rakhmonov became a world champion in amateur MMA for WMMAA (World MMA Association) in 2013.[13][14]

In 2014, he became WMMAA's Asian MMA champion.[15] In the same year, he came as a runner-up in WMMAA's World Championship (2014) to Gadzhimurad Khiramagomedov.[16] And finally in 2015, Rakhmonov again finished as a runner-up in WMMA World Championship, to Gadzhimurad Khiramagomedov.[17] So, Gadzhimurad Khiramagomedov is the only person to defeat Rakhmonov in MMA fights, on two separate occasions.[18][19]

Rakhmonov defended his belt in his next fight at Battle of Nomads 11 against Rinat Sayakbaev in December 2018, returning to M-1 at the start of the new year, facing Daniil Prikaza at M-1 Challenge 101 for the vacant M-1 Welterweight Championship. With a second-round TKO stoppage, the Kazakhstani secured his second belt.[20] During this period, Rakhmonov received the nickname “Nomad”.[21]

In his last appearance on the regional scene, Rakhmonov defended his M-1 welterweight title with a first-round stoppage of Tiago Varejão at M-1 Challenge 102.[22]

Ultimate Fighting Championship edit

Rakhmonov was the first Kazakh fighter to sign a contract with the UFC.[23] Rakhmonov was scheduled to face Bartosz Fabiński on March 21, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards.[24] However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the event was cancelled.[25]

Rakhmonov was expected to face Ramazan Emeev on July 26, 2020, at UFC on ESPN: Whittaker vs. Till.[26] However, in early July, it was reported that Rakhmonov was forced to pull out due to injury[27] and was replaced by Niklas Stolze.[28]

Rakhmonov was scheduled to fight Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos on October 24, 2020, at UFC 254.[29] However, Zaleski pulled out due to injury[30] and was replaced by Alex Oliveira.[31] At the weigh-ins, Oliveira weighed in at 173 pounds, two pounds over the welterweight non-title fight limit. As a result, the bout proceeded as a catchweight and he was fined 20% of his purse, which went to Rakhmonov.[32] Rakhmonov won the fight via guillotine choke submission in the first round.[33]

Rakhmonov faced Michel Prazeres at UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Volkov on June 26, 2021.[34] He won the bout via rear-naked choke submission in the second round.[35]

Rakhmonov faced Carlston Harris on February 5, 2022, at UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Strickland.[36] He won the fight via knockout in round one.[37] This fight earned him the Performance of the Night award.[38]

As the first bout of his new five-fight contract, Rakhmonov faced Neil Magny on June 25, 2022, at UFC on ESPN 38.[39][40] He won the fight via a guillotine choke submission in the second round.[41] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus award.[42]

Rakhmonov was scheduled to face Geoff Neal on January 14, 2023, at UFC Fight Night: Strickland vs. Imavov.[43] However, Neal pulled out due to an undisclosed injury.[44] The pair was rescheduled for UFC 285 on March 4, 2023.[45] At the weigh-ins, Neal weighed in at 175 pounds, 4 pounds over the non-title fight welterweight limit. As a result, the bout proceeded as a catchweight and Neal was fined 30% of his fight purse, which went to Rakhmonov.[46] He won the fight via a rear-naked choke submission in the third round.[47] This fight earned Rakhmonov his first Fight of the Night award.[48]

Rakhmonov was scheduled to face Kelvin Gastelum on September 16, 2023, at UFC Fight Night 227.[49] However, Gastelum withdrew in late July after sustaining a facial fracture.[50]

Rakhmonov faced Stephen Thompson on December 16, 2023, at UFC 296.[51] He won via a rear-naked choke submission with just four seconds remaining in the second round, making him the first person to ever finish Thompson by submission in his MMA career.[52]

Championships and accomplishments edit

Mixed martial arts record edit

Professional record breakdown
18 matches 18 wins 0 losses
By knockout 8 0
By submission 10 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 18–0 Stephen Thompson Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 296 December 16, 2023 2 4:56 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–0 Geoff Neal Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 285 March 4, 2023 3 4:17 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (175 lb) bout; Neal missed weight. Fight of the Night.
Win 16–0 Neil Magny Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on ESPN: Tsarukyan vs. Gamrot June 25, 2022 2 4:58 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 15–0 Carlston Harris KO (spinning hook kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Strickland February 5, 2022 1 4:10 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 14–0 Michel Prazeres Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Volkov June 26, 2021 2 2:10 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–0 Alex Oliveira Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 254 October 24, 2020 1 4:40 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Catchweight (173 lb) bout; Oliveira missed weight.
Win 12–0 Tiago Varejão TKO (punches) M-1 Challenge 102 June 28, 2019 1 4:50 Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan Defended the M-1 Welterweight Championship.
Win 11–0 Daniil Prikaza TKO (punches) M-1 Challenge 101 March 30, 2019 2 2:20 Almaty, Kazakhstan Won the vacant M-1 Welterweight Championship.
Win 10–0 Rinat Sayakbaev TKO (retirement) KZMMAF: Battle of Nomads 11 December 8, 2018 1 5:00 Taldıqorğan, Kazakhstan Defended the KZMMAF Welterweight Championship.
Win 9–0 Faridun Odilov TKO (punches) KZMMAF: Battle of Nomads 10 May 12, 2018 3 3:03 Astana, Kazakhstan Won the KZMMAF Welterweight Championship.
Win 8–0 Levan Solodovnik Submission (triangle choke) M-1 Challenge 87 February 9, 2018 2 4:42 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win 7–0 Park Jun-yong Submission (rear-naked choke) KZMMAF: Battle of Nomads 9 August 7, 2016 2 1:51 Hwasun, South Korea Catchweight (176 lb) bout.
Win 6–0 Marcelo Brito KO (punch to the body) M-1 Challenge 67 June 4, 2016 1 1:37 Baku, Azerbaijan
Win 5–0 Adil Boranbayev Submission (rear-naked choke) KZMMAF: Battle of Nomads 7 April 30, 2016 2 4:51 Astana, Kazakhstan
Win 4–0 Michał Wiencek Submission (guillotine choke) M-1 Challenge 59 July 3, 2015 1 0:49 Astana, Kazakhstan
Win 3–0 Bartosz Chyrek KO (punches) M-1 Challenge 57 May 2, 2015 1 2:51 Orenburg, Russia
Win 2–0 Marcus Vinicios TKO (punches) KZMMAF: Battle of Nomads 2 November 30, 2014 1 4:58 Almaty, Kazakhstan
Win 1–0 Adam Tsurov Submission (triangle choke) M-1 Challenge 52 October 17, 2014 1 N/A Nazran, Russia Welterweight debut.

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Amateur mixed martial arts record edit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11-2 Gadzhimurad Khiramagomedov Decision (Unanimous) WMMA - 2015 World Championships - Finals November 28, 2015 2 5:00 Prague, Czech Republic
Win 11-1 Beknazar Kainazar WMMA - 2015 World Championships - Selection November 27, 2015 Prague, Czech Republic
Win 10-1 Francesco Controversa WMMA - 2015 World Championships - Selection November 27, 2015 Prague, Czech Republic
Win 9-1 Carlos Irigoitia Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) WMMA - 2015 World Championships - Selection November 27, 2015 2 0:00 Prague, Czech Republic
Loss 8-1 Gadzhimurad Khiramagomedov Decision (Unanimous) WMMA - 2014 World Championships - Finals July 12, 2014 2 5:00 Minsk, Belarus
Win 8-0 Felipe Salvador Nsue Ayiugono WMMA - 2014 World Championships - Selection July 11, 2014 Minsk, Belarus
Win 7-0 Ruslan Busel WMMA - 2014 World Championships - Selection July 11, 2014 Minsk, Belarus
Win 6-0 Bek Umarov TKO (punches) WMMA - 2014 Asian MMA Championships Finals March 24, 2014 1 0:44 Astana, Kazakhstan
Win 5-0 Akhliddin Mirzadavlatov WMMA - 2013 World MMA Championships - Selection October 18, 2013 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win 4-0 Kamal Magomedov WMMA - 2013 World MMA Championships - Finals October 17, 2013 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win 3-0 Said Davlatov WMMA - 2013 World MMA Championships - Selection October 17, 2013 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win 2-0 Azizbek Kubanychbekov WMMA - 2013 World MMA Championships - Selection October 17, 2013 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win 1-0 Patrick Asscher WMMA - 2013 World MMA Championships - Selection October 17, 2013 Saint Petersburg, Russia

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