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Current rankings @ Welterweight
When is Neal vs Rakhmonov?
Geoff Neal will square off against Shavkat Rakhmonov during the main card of UFC Fight Night: Gastelum vs. Imavov, on Saturday 14th January 2023 in the United States.
The fight will take place over 3 rounds in the Welterweight division, which means the weight limit will be 170 pounds (12.1 stone or 77.1 KG).
Neal vs Rakhmonov stats
Geoff Neal steps into the octagon with a record of 15 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, 9 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 2 by submission.
Shavkat Rakhmonov will make his way to the cage with an unblemished record of 16 wins and 0 draws, with 8 of those by knock out and 8 by submission.
The stats suggest Neal has a slight advantage in power over Rakhmonov, with a 60% knock out percentage over Rakhmonov's 50%.
If the fight goes to the ground, their records suggest Rakhmonov will have a massive advantage over Neal, boosting at 50% submission rate over Neal's 13%.
Geoff Neal is the older man by 4 years, at 32 years old.
Rakhmonov has a height advantage of 2 inches over Neal. This also extends to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Neal is the more experienced professional fighter, having had 3 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 2 years and 1 month earlier than Rakhmonov, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He has fought 19 more professional rounds, 43 to Rakhmonov's 24.
Neal vs Rakhmonov form
Neal has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges once.
In his last fight, he won against Vicente Luque at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Hill on 6th August 2022 by knockout in the 3rd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC 269 on 11th December 2021 by split decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Neil Magny at UFC Vegas 26 on 8th May 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had lost to Stephen Thompson at UFC Vegas 17 on 19th December 2020 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
He had beat Niko Price at UFC 240 on 27th July 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Rogers Place, Edmonton, Canada.
Neal's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 3 months and 27 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 8 months. In those fights, he fought a total of 16 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 3.2 rounds on average.
Rakhmonov's last 3 fights have come over a period of 1 year, 4 months and 28 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 5 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 5 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 1.7 rounds on average.
What are the odds on Neal vs Rakhmonov?
Shavkat Rakhmonov is currently 2/7 (-340) to win the bout outright, while you can get 5/2 (+250) on Geoff Neal if you fancy the upset.
Neal vs Rakhmonov US streams
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