Results: Rakhmonov defeats Neal via third-round submission at the 4:17 mark.
SHAVKAT GETS THE CHOKE IN ROUND THREE— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) March 5, 2023
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UFC 285 features a welterweight bout between #7 Geoff Neal and #9 Shavkat Rakhmonov at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This fight will take place on the main card which will stream on ESPN+ PPV starting at 10 p.m. ET.
Neal (15-4) has won back-to-back fights, including a convincing KO over Vicente Luque last August. He is looking to sneak into the top 5 of the welterweight division and win here over an unbeaten Rakhmonov could boost his case. Neal is an overall skilled striker who can finish his opponents in a number of ways.
Rakhmonov (16-0) has cruised to an unblemished record in a competitive welterweight class. His streak includes wins over Neil Magny, Alex Oliveira, and Carlston Harris. Since his promotion, he has drawn comparisons to Khamzat Chimaev, well rounded and having the ability to allow opponents to win a round while regaining strength to end them in the latter rounds.
Rakhmonov is favored to win in this bout with -450 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook. Neal, despite a two fight win-streak, enters as a +360 underdog.
We’ll be providing live updates throughout the fight with round-by-round scoring until a winner is determined.
Geoff Neal vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov round-by-round results
Round 1: Rakhmonov 10-9
Rakhmonov starts with a high kick, Neal now against the cage. Neal tries to respond with a kick and Rakhmonov dodges it. Rakhmonov lands a nice right hand, and that looks to be the punch of the fight for him. Neal throws and connects a straight left, now leading with a right. Rakhmonov lands a huge head kick and Neal is now cut, that kick was thrown with some velocity. Rakhmonov right hand and late left hand, this guy has no remorse.
Round 2: Rakhmonov 10-9
Rakhmonov knee to the body has Neal gassed, he lands one good shot and always follows up with a second strike. Neal lands back with a nice combo, Rakhmonov now on notice. Rakhmonov slowing down Neal’s momentum with continued good shots to the body. Each time Neal lands a shot, Rakhmonov smiles and acknowledges great work from both fighters.
Round 3: Rakhmonov wins by submission
Neal doing a little shuffle to start out the round here. Rakhmonov lands two leg kicks. Big shots from Neal, Rakhmonov stumbling. Momentum turning toward Neal. Whew, Rakhmonov lands a big time jab and Neal stuck in his tracks for the moment. Fight now being fought near the cage, Rakhmonov seems to have recovered from the Neal flurries to begin the round. Rakhmonov lands a huge right hand shot and Neal having a kodak moment. Rakhmonov pouring it on with elbows and knees to the body. Neal is trying to hold on and Rakhmonov has seized control of the fight again. Rakhmonov with now a rear naked choke and it’s over, if the welterweight division is not aware they better take notice!