The undefeated welterweight was dominant from start to finish and capped off his performance with a late guillotine choke submission that forced Magny to tap out. The end came at 4:58 in the second round with Rakhmonov moving to 16-0 in his career with all 16 wins coming by knockout or submission.
Watch his finish of Magny above.
Following his latest victory, Rakhmonov wasted no time calling for a two-time title contender as his next opponent.
“Neil Magny is good, that’s why I didn’t rush,” Rakhmonov said. “I took my time. I knew I was winning, that’s why I didn’t rush. I take my time, I look for an opportunity and once it presents itself, I capitalize on it.
It took no time for Magny to throw a kick and Rakhmonov to catch it before tossing him down to the ground in the first minute of the fight. Rakhmonov quickly gained a dominant position on the canvas as he looked to set up punches while ensuring that Magny stayed stuck under him.
Rakhmonov eventually postured up and began raining down punches on Magny, who was stuck playing defense with a monstrously strong welterweight on top of him. Despite all of his success, Rakhmonov was still methodical with his attacks so he never allowed Magny to escape.
Having success with his grappling, Rakhmonov went right back to that weapon in the second round as he latched onto the clinch, moved to a body lock, and then dragged Magny to the ground again. From there, the undefeated prospect looked to set up submissions while still peppering away with punches whenever Magny gave him an opening.
Magny tried everything to reverse positions or escape from the bottom, but Rakhmonov was relentless as he kept attacking at every turn.
As the second round came to a close, Rakhmonov decided to hunt for a guillotine choke and as soon as he grabbed the neck, he fell into guard to lock up the submission, with Magny tapping out just before the horn sounded.
Rakhmonov along with Khamzat Chimaev have looked like two of the brightest prospects the welterweight division has produced since reigning champion Kamaru Usman entered the UFC. This latest win will undoubtedly propel Rakhmonov up the rankings as he continues his climb towards title contention in the future.