The unbeaten welterweight sensation Shavkat Rakhmonov has indicated a desire for greeting Kelvin Gastelum's return to the welterweight division after competing for the middleweight crown in the past.
In the wake of his latest win in the Octagon at UFC 287, where he defeated Chris Curtis by unanimous decision, Gastelum declared his intention of going back to 170 pounds. From 2013 through 2016, he participated in the welterweight class, earning important victories against renowned rivals including Uriah Hall, Johny Hendricks, and Nate Marquardt. It appears he has recently received a significant callout, and his comeback to the welterweight class is widely expected.
Shavkat Rakhmonov, also known as "Nomad," has a 17-0 career track and is presently unbeaten. His latest triumph, a submission victory over Geoff Neal at UFC 285, cemented his place among the UFC's most promising talents. Rakhmonov has already beaten renowned boxers like Alex Oliveira and Neil Magny.
In response to Gastelum's release, Rakhmonov tweeted that he was excited to take on the former middleweight challenger in the welterweight class. Since neither fighter has any booked battles soon, a possible showdown is highly probable.
The comments from Rakhmonov have generated excitement among fans and the MMA community. A matchup between Rakhmonov and Gastelum would be an intriguing battle between two skilled fighters looking to make their mark in the welterweight division. It would be a test for Gastelum, as Rakhmonov's unbeaten record and impressive wins make him a formidable opponent.
The fight could potentially showcase Rakhmonov's abilities against a high-profile opponent, allowing him to further establish himself as a top contender in the welterweight division. On the other hand, Gastelum would have an opportunity to make a statement in his return to the weight class where he had previous success.
Fans will eagerly await any updates regarding the potential matchup between Rakhmonov and Gastelum. It would undoubtedly be an intriguing fight and a significant test for both fighters in the welterweight division.