Laura Sanko does not have a crush on Shavkat Rakhmonov. This is as per Sanko herself.
Sanko readily admits to being a major admirer of Rakhmonov's eclectic fighting approach, which combines grappling, combat sambo, and a variety of punches.
Following Sanko's praise of the Kazakh's abilities, some jokes on social media suggested that she might truly be drawn to the UFC fighter.
When Rakhmonov shared his opinions on Sanko's praise for him, these jokes only got funnier.
Ahead of UFC 287, the jokes resurfaced which forced Sanko to reveal that she got 20,000 new followers thanks to the incident.
She also went on to clear that she does not have a crush on Shavkat and added that she is still a fan of the UFC Welterweight.
"I don't have a crush on the man, I like his fighting style. An entire country thinks I do. I need to correct the record... I'm still a fan, I just don't have a crush. The entire country of Kazakhstan is very excited about it, because I got 20,000 new followers,” she added in the interview (h/t MSN).
Shavkat is currently 17-0 in his professional MMA career and the 28-year-old has been dominant throughout his UFC run. His last win came against Geoff Neal at UFC 285 and prior to that, he had outclassed Neil Magny as well at UFC on ESPN 38.
The Kazakh made his UFC debut back in 2020 with a win over Alex Oliveira and has five wins in the UFC so far with all five wins coming via finishes. He has so far secured four submissions and one knockout in the promotion.
Interestingly, all of Shavkat’s 17 wins came via finishes with 8 TKO or KO and 9 submissions.
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