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Shavkat Rakhmonov Eyes UFC Title Shot Amidst Belal Muhammad's Claim

Shavkat Rakhmonov, also known as 'Nomad,' is gearing up for his return to the octagon, believing that either he or Belal Muhammad could be next in line for a welterweight title shot.

Rakhmonov's last appearance in the cage resulted in a submission victory over Geoff Neal at UFC 285, maintaining his flawless MMA record at 16-0. Scheduled to face the Karate specialist Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson later this month, Rakhmonov discussed his aspirations in a recent interview with Morning Kombat, acknowledging the potential hurdle presented by Belal Muhammad.

While expressing hopes of securing a title shot with a victory, Rakhmonov recognized Muhammad's claim to a title opportunity, particularly after his decision win over Gilbert Burns, initially labeled as a 'title eliminator.' Despite being passed up by Colby Covington, who is set to face Leon Edwards, Rakhmonov respects Muhammad's credentials.

"I don’t know [if I’ll get it]. It depends on what the UFC says. But I think that Belal Muhammad also deserves the title shot. As I know, he will back up this fight. But of course, I’m ready [for a title shot in the future]," Rakhmonov stated.

In the interview, Rakhmonov also shared his prediction for the main event of UFC 296, foreseeing Leon Edwards emerging victorious against Colby Covington. His comments, coupled with his title ambitions, hint at a potential showdown with the British contender in the future.

"I think the advantage is the champion. He’s a champion, not for no reason. We’ll see if Colby is the next ultimate [fighting champion]," Rakhmonov remarked.

While Belal Muhammad is currently not scheduled for a return, maintaining his stance of only fighting for a title, Rakhmonov faces the challenge of overcoming 'Wonderboy'

Thompson in his upcoming bout. The welterweight division's future remains uncertain, with Dana White and the UFC yet to outline definitive plans beyond UFC 296. Rakhmonov's performance against Thompson could potentially position him as a strong contender for the coveted welterweight title.


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