The co-main event of UFC Vegas 57 may just steal the show as Neil Magny takes on Shavkat Rakhmonov. Rakhmonov is the striking version of Khamzat Chimaev and he’s truly one of the most exciting fighters on the roster. This fight serves as a big step up for him and it’s going to help determine where he belongs at welterweight. Think of it as the poor man’s Chimaev vs Gilbert Burns. Give the prospect a big step up and see if he sinks or swims. This co-main event is a very exciting one and plenty of credit should be given to Magny for taking this fight. A win for Rakhmonov puts him firmly in the top 10 and right in the hunt for the title. A win for Magny helps his status as a top welterweight but probably won’t do much for him as he looks to get into the title picture.
Shavkat Rakhmonov is one of the most exciting prospects in the UFC and he’s one worth watching at every opportunity. He’s a huge welterweight and is somehow even bigger than the 6’3 Neil Magny. He has a really fun arsenal of strikes and he’s not afraid to take risks. Undefeated with a clean record of 15-0, Rakhmonov is currently 3-0 in the UFC and hoping to make it 4-0. There’s a lot to like with this well-rounded fighter and he’s set for a big test against Magny. A win puts him firmly in the top 10 and there are no limits on the fun matchups that potentially await him.
Neil Magny is one of the most reliable fighters in the UFC. When he says he’ll fight anyone, he truly means it. He was the rare fighter actively calling out Khamzat Chimaev and campaigning to fight him. It got to the point where even UFC president Dana White had to mention Magny when he’d talk about how no one wanted to fight the Russian. The 6’3 welterweight is long and he fights like it. He’s become a gatekeeper at this point in his career, he’s beating all of the up-and-coming prospects and only losing to fighters in the top 5 of the welterweight division. It makes sense that the fight was booked for Shavkat Rakhmonov but there really is no incentive for Magny to have taken this one. A win will let people know that he’s not ready for the title of ‘Gatekeeper’ just yet.
Here are the UFC Vegas 57 odds, featuring our Neil Magny-Shavkat Rakhmonov prediction, courtesy of FanDuel.