Aleksandar Rakic

Austria

Easily gets past Anthony Smith
Light HeavyweightUFC
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.
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Joins Aug. 29 lineup
Light HeavyweightUFC
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
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.
Potential medical suspension ahead
Light HeavyweightUFC
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
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
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.