Shavkat Rakhmonov secured a victory over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson at UFC 296, but his conservative game plan drew criticism. It has now been revealed that Rakhmonov entered the fight with a torn ankle ligament, making him consider withdrawing from the bout.
The injury affected his kicking ability, leading to adjustments in his strategy. Despite the limitations, Rakhmonov successfully executed a takedown in the second round and secured a rear-naked choke to win. After the fight, he called for a welterweight title shot. Rakhmonov, undefeated at 18-0, emphasized his commitment to fight through injuries for victory.