Almabayev predicts Rakhmonov to win UFC belt soon

Asu Almabaev, a fighter in the UFC's lightweight division, has spoken out about the title prospects of his compatriot, the promotion's top welterweight Shavkat Rakhmonov.

"Very soon. Shavkat Rakhmonov is ready and has been ready for the UFC belt for a long time. At the end of this year, I think a historic moment will take place and Shavkat will make us happy with the belt. He makes a great story and opens a great way for Kazakhstani MMA. The world is paying attention to Shavkat, and he will show that in Kazakhstan fighters of a good level, capable of showing spectacular fights and reach the belt, "- said Almabayev.

Rakhmonov fought his last fight last December, winning by choke against former title challenger Stephen Thompson.