Shavkat Rakhmonov is undoubtedly one of the most exciting prospects in the UFC. Competing in the welterweight division, Nomad has an undefeated record of 15-0 and has finished all three of his UFC fights via knockouts or submission.
Consequently, fans have high expectations from the Kazakh-born welterweight as he has an enertaining style of fighting. Moreover, Rakhmonov is extremely skilled in both departments be it grappling or striking. Hence fight enthusiasts over the world are always excited to see what’s next for the talented welterweight.
Shavkat will make his return inside the octagon this weekend on June 25th as he takes on Neil Magny in a three-round bout in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 57. However, let us shift the focus from his upcoming welterweight clash and take a look at his fascinating wolf skinned headgear that he dons during the entrances and post fight celebrations.
Shavkat Rakhmonov explains the reason behind wearing the traditional headgear for his walkouts
Shavkat Rakhmonov created history when he stepped inside the UFC octagon for his debut as he became the first Kazakh-born fighter to compete in the promotion. Not only has he put the fight enthusiasts and division on notice with his dominance and brilliant combat skills but fans have also taken a liking to him wearing the traditional headgear.
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Subsequently, after his recent win over Carlston Harris earlier this year, Nomad wore the wolf skin hat in the post event press conference. While having a conversation with Ariel Helwani, he explained the historic significance and the reason behind wearing the Kazakh headdress.
“It’s a traditional Kazakh headdress that our ancestors used to wear during the wintertimes to keep themselves warm. Myself, I feel like it’s a very beautiful headdress, and wearing it, I get to represent my roots, represent my culture and tradition. Traditionally this headdress is usually made up out of a wolf or fox skin.
“When I was getting ready for my UFC debut, I got it as a gift. I got the national flag and this headdress. I wanted to buy it myself, but then when people found out that I wanted to walk out with the headdress, they gave me it as a gift.”
From his interviews it is quite certain that Shavkat is extremely proud to represent his country and loves to wear the traditional headdress for his walkouts. Hence one can expect The Kazakh welterweight to don the wolf skinned hat once again this weekend against Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night: Tsarukyan vs Gamrot.