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Current rankings @ Welterweight
When is Rakhmonov vs Thompson?
Shavkat Rakhmonov is set to face Stephen Thompson during the main card of UFC 296, on Saturday 16th December 2023 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The fight is scheduled for 3 rounds in the Welterweight division, which means the weight limit will be 170 pounds (12.1 stone or 77.1 KG).
Rakhmonov vs Thompson stats
Shavkat Rakhmonov steps into the octagon with an undefeated record of 17 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 8 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 9 by submission.
Stephen Thompson will make his way to the cage with a record of 17 wins, 6 loses and 1 draw, with 8 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggest that Rakhmonov and Thompson have similar power, both with a 47% knock out percentage.
If the fight goes to the ground, their records suggest Rakhmonov will have a massive advantage over Thompson, boasting at 53% submission rate over Thompson's 6%.
Shavkat Rakhmonov is the younger man by 11 years, at 29 years old.
Rakhmonov has a height advantage of 1 inch over Thompson. This also extends to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Rakhmonov is the less experienced professional fighter, having had 7 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2014, 4 year and 8 months later than Thompson, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He has fought 42 less professional rounds, 27 to Thompson's 69.
Rakhmonov vs Thompson form
Thompson has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight, he defeated Kevin Holland at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Holland on 3rd December 2022 by knockout in the 4th round at Amway Center, Orlando, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Belal Muhammad at UFC Fight Night on 18th December 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Gilbert Burns at UFC 264 on 10th July 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Before that, he had defeated Geoff Neal at UFC Vegas 17 on 19th December 2020 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
He had beat Vicente Luque at UFC 244 on 2nd November 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Rakhmonov's last 4 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 5 months and 6 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 7 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 8 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 2 rounds on average.
Thompson's last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years and 1 month, meaning he has been fighting on average every 9 months and 25 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 18 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 3.6 rounds on average.
What are the odds on Rakhmonov vs Thompson?
Shavkat Rakhmonov is currently 2/11 (-560) to win the contest outright, while you can get 19/5 (+380) on Stephen Thompson if you fancy the big upset.
Rakhmonov vs Thompson US streams
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UFC 296 Tickets
Where can I get Tickets for Rakhmonov vs Thompson?
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