Shavkat Rakhmonov biography: 13 things about Kazakh UFC fighter born in Shor’chi, Uzbekistan

full name: Shavkat Bakhtibaevich Rakhmonov
fight name: Nomad
residence: Kokshetau, Akmola Region, Kazakhstan
height: 6’1.5”
weight division: welterweight
current promotion: UFC
pro MMA record: 17-0

Shavkat Rakhmonov (©UFC)
Shavkat Rakhmonov (©UFC)

Shavkat Bakhtibaevich Rakhmonov is an undefeated Kazakh professional mixed martial artist whose fight name is Nomad. He is 6’1″ tall and he competes in the welterweight division.

Rakhmonov was born in Shor’chi, Uzbekistan to Kazakh parents. His mother is of Konyrat tribe while his father is of Altynbay tribe.


Shavkat is 4 years older than his sister Sora Rakhmonova, who is also an MMA fighter. They are from the Altynbai clan of the Junior Zhuz, which consists of three tribes covering western Kazakhstan and western Russia.

As an amateur MMA fighter, Shavkat won world and Asian titles in the World Mixed Martial Arts Association from 2013 to 2015. He is a master of sport in MMA and combat sambo.

Currently, Shavkat is signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. On October 17, 2014, he made his professional MMA debut at “M-1 Challenge 52” in Nazran, Russia where he submitted Adam Tsurov via triangle choke. On November 30, 2014, he defeated Marcus Vinicios via technical knockout via punches at the Kazakhstan Mixed Martial Arts Federation event “Battle of Nomads 2” in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
  2. On May 2, 2015, he knocked out Bartosz Chyrek via punches at “M-1 Challenge 57” in Orenburg, Russia. On July 3, 2015, he submitted Michał Wiencek via guillotine choke at “M-1 Challenge 59” in Astana, Kazakhstan.
  3. On April 30, 2016, he submitted Adil Boranbayev via rear-naked choke at “KZMMAF: Battle of Nomads 7” in Astana. On June 4, 2016, he knocked out Marcelo Brito via punch to the body at “M-1 Challenge 67” in Baku, Azerbaijan. On August 7, 2016, he submitted Jun Yong Park via rear-naked choke at “KZMMAF: Battle of Nomads 9” in Hwasun, South Korea.
  4. On February 9, 2018, he submitted Levan Solodovnik via triangle choke at “M-1 Challenge 87” in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
  5. On May 12, 2018, he became the KZMMAF Welterweight Champion by defeating Faridun Odilov via technical knockout via punches at “KZMMAF: Battle of Nomads 10” in Astana.
  6. On December 8, 2018, he successfully defended his KZMMAF Welterweight Championship title by defeating Rinat Sayakbaev via retirement at “KZMMAF: Battle of Nomads 11” in Taldıqorğan, Kazakhstan.
  7. On March 30, 2019, he and Daniil Prikaza competed for the vacant M-1 Welterweight Championship at “M-1 Challenge 101” in Almaty. He won via technical knockout via punches.
  8. On June 28, 2019, he successfully defended the M-1 Welterweight Championship title by defeating Tiago Varejão via technical knockout via punches at “M-1 Challenge 102” in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
  9. On October 24, 2020, he made his UFC debut at “UFC 254” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates where he submitted Alex Oliveira via guillotine choke.
  10. On June 26, 2021, he submitted Michel Prazeres via rear-naked choke at “UFC Vegas 30” in Enterprise, Nevada.
  11. On February 5, 2022, he knocked out Carlston Harris via spinning hook kick and punches at “UFC Vegas 47” in Enterprise.
  12. On June 25, 2022, he submitted Neil Magny via guillotine choke at “UFC Vegas 57” in Enterprise.
  13. He was 28 years old when he submitted Geoff Neal via standing bulldog choke at “UFC 285” in Paradise, Nevada on March 4, 2023, which improved his professional MMA record to 17 wins and 0 loss.

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