Aleksandar Rakic

Austria

Out
Injury Lower Leg
Est. Return 5/23/2020
Re-signs with UFC
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
February 18, 2020
Rakic (lower leg) announced Monday via his personal Instagram account that he re-signed with the UFC on a six-fight contract.
ANALYSIS
Rakic (12-2-0) will earn a third contract from the promotion after going 4-1-0 between his first two deals under the UFC banner. The 28-year-old is currently under a medical suspension after suffering a left shin injury in his Dec. 22 loss to Volkan Oezdemir at UFC Busan. He's expected to return to the Octagon at some point later in 2020.
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Potential medical suspension ahead
Light HeavyweightUFC
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December 26, 2019
Rakic is facing a potential 180-day medical suspension due to a left shin injury suffered in his loss to Volkan Oezdemir at UFC Busan, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rakic not only suffered a controversial loss in his trip to Korea, but he came away with a potentially serious injury. The future is plenty bright for the 27-year-old prospect despite the loss, but he'll need to be cleared by a physician if he intends to book a fight prior to the summer of 2020.
No longer unbeaten in UFC
Light HeavyweightUFC
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December 22, 2019
Rakic lost a split decision to Volkan Oezdemir (29-28, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC on ESPN+ 23 on Saturday in Busan, South Korea.
ANALYSIS
A pair of first-round knockouts led to Rakic getting an opportunity against a former title contender, but the 27-year-old fell just short in a fight that could have gone either way. He got off to a fast start and seemingly won the first round, and even had the statistical advantage in terms of significant strikes when it was all said and done, but it ultimately wasn't enough to earn the favor of the judges. Rakic attempted nine takedowns and connected on just one, and momentum seemed to be heading the way of Oezdemir in the fight's final round. While the loss was a setback, it certainly won't be the last we've see of the talented light heavyweight prospect.
Draws Oezdemir in South Korea
Light HeavyweightUFC
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September 25, 2019
Rakic will take on Volkan Oezdemir in a middleweight matchup at UFC Busan on Dec. 21 in South Korea.
ANALYSIS
After putting together a four-fight winning streak to begin his run with the company, Rakic will now draw a true gatekeeper, getting a chance to prove he's ready for the elite 205-pounders the UFC has to offer. He's already got a win against the well-respected Jimmy Manuwa, needed just two significant strikes to knock him out with a head kick last June. Statistically, Rakic has better numbers in both the striking and wrestling departments, though Oezdemir has compiled a much larger sample size against some of the best light heavyweights the promotion has to offer. Because of that, Rakic may enter as a betting underdog, but a win could propel him into the title conversation at some point in 2020.
Lands devistating head-kick KO
Light HeavyweightUFC
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June 1, 2019
Rakic defeated Jimi Manuwa via KO (head kick) at 0:42 seconds of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 153 in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
The old fight maxim is to "kickbox the boxer" and Rakic certainly did that to perfection, landing a clean head kick while Manuwa was sliding back to avoid a flurry of punches. Rakic had to endure a bit of trouble before picking up a stoppage in his last win against Devin Clark but had no such issues this time around, firmly cementing his name among hot newcomers like Dominic Reyes and Johnny Walker. Rakic would have a wrestling advantage against both of those men, making it fun to imagine how potential matchups may play out. He improves to 12-1 (9 KO/TKOs) in his professional MMA career as a result of the victory.
Gets step up in Sweden
Light HeavyweightUFC
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April 4, 2019
Rakic will take on Jimi Manuwa in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC Stockholm on June 1.
ANALYSIS
Rakic is a perfect 3-0 to begin his UFC career, so the promotion will give him a step up in competition against a dangerous fighter that had previously been fighting top-tier contenders. Manuwa is known for having a ton of power in his hands, but he turned 39 years old in February and is currently on a three-fight losing streak for the first time in his career. Rakic sports much better striking statistic than the veteran -- both in terms of volume and striking differential -- but the two sample sizes are hardly comparable given the caliber of competition. Rakic will enter the cage three inches taller than Manuwa, but concede a slight reach advantage.