Alexander Volkanovski predicts Shavkat Rakhmonov vs Stephen Thompson

Alexander Volkanovski reveals who he thinks will win between Shavkat Rakhmonov and Stephen Thompson.

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Alexander Volkanovski predicts Shavkat Rakhmonov vs Stephen Thompson
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Shavkat Rakhmonov’s undefeated record and fighting style make people think that he will easily win against Stephen Thompson. Interestingly, the UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski thinks the exact opposite.

Most people may find it surprising that Volkonvski is leaning in favor of Stephen Thompson. Volkanovski believes Stephen Thompson’s defense will play a huge role in allowing him to win the match. It will be fascinating to see how accurate Volkanovski’s prediction turns out to be.

In less than 24 hours, we will find out. Stephen Thompson recognizes how important a win is from here, as he is aiming for the title fight. The same applies to Rakhmonov – who can get significantly closer to getting a title shot by securing a comprehensive win tomorrow night.

Alexander Volkanovski on Shavkat Rakhmonov vs Stephen Thompson

In a recent YouTube video, Alexander Volkanovski reveals who he thinks will win between Shavkat Rakhmonov and Stephen Thompson. “Shavkat Rakhmonov is undefeated, great fighter – both great fighters,” Volkanovski said as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com.

“But stylistically, I’m always going to find – especially in situations like this against a young, hungry guy like Shavkat – (Thompson’s) always going to be a half-decent bet. Stephen Thompson, yeah he is a little bit older.

But you’ve got to remember that movement. You’ve got to remember that distance management. You’ve got to remember the defense that he has. He is pretty incredible there. We know Shavkat likes to walk forward. He likes to press forward.

He puts himself in danger. When we’re talking underdog, Stephen Thompson, I’m always happy to bet on Stephen Thompson because I know he can be an awkward matchup for anybody – that footwork, that stance, that range, he throws things from different angles.

He’s hard to hit. Even to take him down, it’s not easy to just grab a hold of him. I’m leaning toward Stephen Thompson on this one. People are going to think I’m mad. I just think, stylistically, this could be a very awkward matchup for Shavkat”.

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