Aleksandar Rakic

Austria

Out
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 10/1/2021
Needs ankle injury cleared
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
March 9, 2021
Rakic is facing a 180-day medical suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission pending an X-ray of a possible right ankle injury, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Rakic only absorbed 49 significant strikes in Saturday's lackluster decision victory over Thiago Santos, though 16 of those strikes were to his legs. While he didn't appear to be visibly hobbled after the fight, post-fight medicals likely led to the order for additional examination. Rakic will effectively be sidelined for a minimum of 30 days, but his quest to the top of the 205-pound rankings could be delayed until the fall without this clearance.
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Wins despite accomplishing little
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
March 6, 2021
Rakic defeated Thiago Santos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Rakic seemed oddly pleased with his effort considering neither he nor his opponent did much of anything over the course of the 15-minute bout. In a battle between two knockout artists, both Rakic and Santos appeared hesitant to engage. It may have very well been due to physical reasons on Santos' side, but Rakic appeared to make a concerted effort to be deliberate feeling he was up on the scorecards. He was right of course, but fans won't be clamoring to see Rakic fight again any time soon after this one. He called for a title shot in his post-fight interview, but it's difficult to believe one will suddenly materialize for a guy who is 2-1 in his past three bouts and just put forth a lackluster effort despite picking up the win.
Paired against Thiago Santos
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
November 13, 2020
Rakic is expected to face Thiago Santos in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC 259 on March 6, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Neither this specific fight nor the location of the card have been officially confirmed. Rakic will be looking for his second straight win after defeating Anthony Smith by unanimous decision in August. Santos is looking to bounce back from a pair of losses, as he fell to Jon Jones by split decision in July of 2019 before losing to Glover Teixeira by submission in November of this year. While Santos has a hefty experience edge, Rakic is the younger fighter with momentum on his side, which is likely why he's framed as approximately a (-225) betting favorite as of early-January.
Easily gets past Anthony Smith
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
August 29, 2020
Rakic defeated Anthony Smith via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This was an up and down performance from Rakic. Yes, he won going away and was never truly threatened in the fight, but he kind of coasted over the course of the final ten minutes as opposed to actively seeking the finish. Rakic did virtually all of his damage with leg kicks. He smashed Smith repeatedly in Round 1 and his opponent was left hobbled for the remainder of the fight. One of those kicks even resulted in a knockdown, helping his final fantasy score. The vast majority of Rounds 2 and 3 consistent of Rakic controlling the fight from top position. Rakic is a pure striker. He has a ton of power in his hands but offers very little from a submission standpoint. The good news for Rakic is that he's massive for the division at 6-foot-5 and possesses the physicality to control a fight on the ground, even if he isn't threatening for the stoppage. Rakic improves to 5-1 in the UFC, with this victory over Smith instantly becoming the most impressive of his career to date. Rakic is in the title conversation at 205 pounds.
Joins Aug. 29 lineup
Light HeavyweightUFC
Out
June 19, 2020
Rakic (lower leg) is in line to face Anthony Smith (orbital) in a light heavyweight fight as part of the UFC's upcoming Aug. 29 card, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Rakic last fought in December, so his 180-day medical suspension will be long over when he reenters the Octagon in August. The loss to Volkan Oezdemir via split decision marked his first in the UFC and just the second loss as a professional; his only other loss came back in 2011. Next up is Smith, who is also coming off of a loss and a medical suspension after being beaten down by the hands of Glover Teixeira. The pair both stand at 6-foot-4, but Rakic holds a two-inch advantage in the reach department.
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.