MMA journalist Ariel Helwani reported the UFC’s targeted matchup during a recent episode of The MMA Hour. Helwani didn’t say whether or not the UFC has formally offered the fight to either Thompson or Rakhmonov.
Before his recent losing skid, Thompson earned consecutive wins over Geoff Neal and Vicente Luque to get back in the thick of things at 170lbs. He has yet to get close to deserving a welterweight title shot since his loss to Tyron Woodley at UFC 209.
Shavkat Rakhmonov May Get His Wish For A Fight With Stephen Thompson
If the matchup comes to fruition, Thompson will face an enormous challenge in Rakhmonov. He is undefeated in his professional career with a 16-0 record, including UFC wins over Alex Oliveira and Michel Prazeres.
An exact timetable for the fight has yet to be set, but it could potentially be booked by the end of 2022. The winner of Thompson/Rakhmonov would move one step closer to a No. 1 contender spot in the welterweight division.
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