Shavkat Rakhmonov to Return to UFC Action in February

Published 11/22/2021, 7:35 AM EST


MMA fans expect many banger fights from UFC in 2022. Yet another exciting fight is expected to take place next year. Shavkat Rakhmonov and Carlston Harris might be seen facing each other in the octagon.

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In fact, Harris shared this news himself. On Instagram, he shared a picture of him signing the contract and he announced that he would face Rakhmonov on February 5, 2022. This news would have surely excited the fans as they wait for upcoming events.

Both the welterweight fighters are immensely talented and are great fighters. This bout could be a seriously exciting one for not just the fighters, but also MMA enthusiasts around the globe.

Harris has a few more years of experience than Rakhmonov. However, Rakhmonov is an incredible fighter with an undefeated record. If he manages to win this bout, there is a possibility that he could get a ranked opponent from the welterweight division. It definitely won’t be an easy fight for either of them.

Are Shavkat Rakhmonov and Carlston Harris the right opponents for each other?

Harris has a great record of 17 wins and 4 losses. He has been fighting professionally since 2011. Currently, he is enjoying a 5-fight win streak.

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On the other hand, Rakhmonov has won 14 fights and lost none in his entire career. The Kazakhstani fighter has been a professional MMA fighter since 2014. His undisputed record will surely be difficult to break. ‘Nomad’ has the tendency to win in ways that cannot be refuted. He has won all 14 of his fights through either TKOs or submissions. Thus, he leaves no room for arguments about his skills as a great fighter.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Shavkat Rakhmonov of Kazakhstan submits Alex Oliveira of Brazil in their welterweight bout during the UFC 254 event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

His tendency to finish fights through TKOs or submissions might make it difficult for Harris because Harris has won most of his fights through decisions. However, the last five fights he won were through knockouts and submissions. Hence, Rakhmonov might be in danger of getting his undisputed record broken.

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Who are you rooting for in this upcoming brawl? If Shavkat Rakhmonov wins, whom should he next fight? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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