Shavkat Rakhmonov vs Stephen Thompson Prediction UFC 12/16

Shavkat Rakhmonov vs Stephen Thompson Prediction UFC 12/16

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UFC 296: Edwards vs Covington: Shavkat Rakhmonov vs. Stephen Thompson

Witness an electrifying Welterweight battle at Kill Cliff FC as Shavkat Rakhmonov, the undefeated Nomad from Kazakhstan, faces off against the experienced Wonderboy, Stephen Thompson.

 

Shavkat Rakhmonov

Representing Kazakhstan and fighting out of Kill Cliff FC, Shavkat "Nomad" Rakhmonov stands at 6'1" and weighs 171 lbs with an orthodox stance.

Recent Fight History:

  • Mar 4, 2023: Rakhmonov secured a victory against Geoff Neal at UFC 285 with a third-round submission (4:17).
  • Jun 25, 2022: Neil Magny fell to Rakhmonov in the second round via submission (4:58) at UFC Fight Night: Tsarukyan vs. Gamrot.
  • Feb 5, 2022: Carlston Harris faced a quick KO/TKO defeat (1st round, 4:10) against Rakhmonov at UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Strickland.

Fighting Style and Strengths:

Shavkat Rakhmonov boasts an impressive record of 17 wins and no losses, with 8 victories by (T)KO and 9 by submission. The Nomad's versatile skills make him a formidable force in the Welterweight division, combining knockout power and submission expertise.

 

Stephen Thompson

Representing the USA and fighting out of Team Upstate Karate, Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson stands at 6'0" and weighs 171 lbs with an orthodox stance.

Recent Fight History:

  • Dec 3, 2022: Thompson secured a KO/TKO victory against Kevin Holland in the fourth round (5:00) at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Holland.
  • Dec 18, 2021: Thompson faced a unanimous decision loss against Belal Muhammad at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus.
  • Jul 10, 2021: Thompson suffered a unanimous decision loss against Gilbert Burns at UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor 3.

Fighting Style and Strengths:

Stephen Thompson holds a record of 17 wins, 6 losses, and 1 draw, with 8 victories by (T)KO and 1 by submission. Known for his striking prowess, Wonderboy brings a mix of karate and kickboxing skills into the cage, making him a challenging opponent for anyone in the Welterweight division.

 

Prediction:

Anticipate a thrilling clash at Kill Cliff FC as Shavkat Rakhmonov takes on Stephen Thompson. The prediction leans towards Rakhmonov securing a victory with several potential outcomes: KO/TKO, submission, or via disqualification. At -175 odds, Rakhmonov's explosive striking and submission game present a credible threat. Whether through a powerful knockout, a well-executed submission, or a strategic advantage leading to disqualification, Rakhmonov aims to maintain his undefeated record in impressive fashion.

 

Pick: Shavkat Rakhmonov to Win KO/TKO, submission, or via disqualification (-175)

 

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