Geoff Neal vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov – Preview & Matchup Analysis

UFC 285: Jones vs. Gane is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 4, 2023, in Las Vegas, Nevada. In one of the matchups on the fight card, Geoff ‘Handz of Steel’ Neal will take on Shavkat ‘Nomad’ Rakhmonov in the Welterweight Bout. You can view the full UFC 285 card.

In this post, we will break down Geoff Neal vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov matchup. Let’s take look at the fighter’s ages, their height, records, reach, fight stats, and more below ⤵

The 32-year-old, Geoff Neal is coming in with a 15-4-0 record. Neal will be fighting for the first time since a win via KO/TKO against Vicente Luque at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Hill in August.

Rakhmonov, meanwhile, is coming off a submission win against Neil Magny on August 6, 2022 at UFC Fight Night: Tsarukyan vs. Gamrot and holds a 16-0-0 record.

Geoff Neal vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov
5′ 11″
6′ 1″
170 lbs.
170 lbs.

Geoff Neal has an southpaw fighting stance with a 75 reach. The 28-year-old, Shavkat Rakhmonov is an orthodox fighter with a 77 reach. An orthodox fighter stands with their left side forward and jabs with their left hand, the southpaw fighter is the opposite, southpaw stands with their right side forward and jabs with their right hand. In most cases, orthodox fighters are right-handed, if you are left-handed, then you fight southpaw.

Geoff Neal:
→ Neal’s striking accuracy is .
→ Neal lands 5.27 significant strikes per minute.
→ Neal’s takedown accuracy is .
→ Neal’s takedown average is 0.59 per 15 minutes.
→ Neal’s takedown defense is .

Neal comes in with striking accuracy, typically landing about 5.27 significant strikes every minute. On the other side, Rakhmonov fires at 53% accuracy, landing about 2.54 significant strikes per minute. Geoff Neal also has a takedown accuracy and on average gets around 0.59 takedowns every 15 minutes, compared to Rakhmonov’s 2.31 takedowns and 100% takedown accuracy.

Shavkat Rakhmonov:
→ Rakhmonov’s striking accuracy is 53%.
→ Rakhmonov lands 2.54 significant strikes per minute.
→ Rakhmonov’s takedown accuracy is 50%.
→ Rakhmonov’s takedown average is 2.31 per 15 minutes.
→ Rakhmonov’s takedown defense is 100%.

Shavkat spent on average 6:30 minutes in the Octagon and Geoff has an average fight time of minutes.

This looks like an entertaining matchup, at least on paper. UFC 285 is live in , who do you think will win, Geoff or Shavkat? Sound off in the comments.

Event Name
UFC 285: Jones vs. Gane
March 4, 2023
Las Vegas, Nevada
Geoff Neal vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov

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