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Shavkat Rakhmonov is better than Khamzat Chimaev, says Vicente Luque

Varun Bhat
10 August 2022

Be it Chuck Liddell or Conor McGregor, the sport of mixed martial arts has never been short of superstars. While the likes of McGregor and Jon Jones are out of the octagon, the promotion is seeing the rise of Khamzat Chimaev and Shavkat Rakhmonov. Both fighters are extremely talented, and fans are having a tough time picking between the two.

However, during a recent appearance, Vicente Luque provided fans with an answer to the question. Rakhmonov, who is now a teammate of Luque, was picked by the latter to be better than Khamzat Chimaev.

In an interview, Luque was asked who would win in a fight between Chimaev and Rakhmonov. Luque said, "You know I think Shavkat is better. Shavkat is more technical and has a higher fight IQ. He's just a more technical all-around fighter. "

"Khamzat is really good, he's super talented and very strong physically. But, he's a bit too aggressive. Sometimes he just goes forward without thinking and this can wear him down. In a fight against someone like Shavkat, that type of approach can lead to mistakes. Because Shavkat is so technical, he does not rush or reveal his plans. I think Shavkat is a little bit better."

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While Vicente Luque had his opinions on the above-mentioned matter, the Brazilian did not have a successful outing recently. The fighter faced a tough defeat to Geoff Neal.


After seeing a glorious rise in his career, Vicente Luque now seems to have hit a roadblock. The fighter suffered his second consecutive loss against Geoff Neal at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Hill.

Geoff Neal met with a lot of success in Round 1. The American hurt Luque with a couple of strikes. He also managed to knock the Brazilian fighter down. However, Luque, known for his toughness, found his way back in the second round. The Brazilian had a much better round in comparison to his performance in the first.

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However, it was round 3 which sealed the deal for Neal. While Luque looked good early on, he succumbed to the multiple strikes thrown by Neal. The American was declared the winner by KO in round 3.

With this performance, Neal has further solidified his position in the 170-pound division. It will be interesting to see where he and Luque go from here.


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