Aleksandar Rakic experienced his swift rise in the UFC’s mild heavyweight division interrupted in December 2019, but now may well come across himself right back in the combine.
Rakic (13-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) worked over former title challenger Anthony Smith (33-16 MMA, 8-6 UFC) with leg kicks when they were on the toes, then smothered him on the canvas en route to a unanimous selection sweep of the scorecards, which includes a 30-26.
The light heavyweight bout was the UFC on ESPN+ 33 principal function at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It aired on ESPN and streamed on ESPN+.
“I’m joyful with my performance from a veteran and former title challenger,” Rakic stated just after the combat. “Everybody underestimates my wrestling and my grappling. … The focus was a great deal of stress, make harm on the ground, (and) handle.”
Rakic opened with hefty leg kicks, and Smith answered back. But Rakic’s have been more challenging in the first minute, and far more abundant. He continued to try out to kick Smith’s legs out from beneath him, and 75 seconds in he obtained it accomplished.
Rakic drilled Smith with a kick that took him off his toes. Rakic went to the canvas with him and ate a several punches. When Smith threatened to consider Rakic’s back on the toes Rakic dragged it again to the canvas and tried out to go to get the job done on top. At the conclusion of the spherical, Smith went back to his corner with no limp – perhaps surprising offered the kicks he absorbed.
Rakic went proper following the guide leg kicks again, then went to the physique. Just 20 seconds in, Smith landed a large correct hand, but Rakic dragged him again down and kept him smothered and annoyed in essence the full round.
Rakic opened the 3rd with a significant kick, and then once again found himself set to the canvas. Smith could not come across his way back again to his toes, and with Rakic draped all in excess of him had to try to eat knees to the thighs, as effectively.
Up-to-the-minute UFC on ESPN+ 33 benefits consist of:
Aleksandar Rakic def. Anthony Smith by means of unanimous determination (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Neil Magny def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alexa Grasso def. Ji Yeon Kim through unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ricardo Lamas def. Bill Algeo through unanimous final decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Impa Kasanganay def. Maki Pitolo by means of unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Zak Cummings def. Alessio Di Chirico through unanimous conclusion (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Alex Caceres def. Austin Springer through submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:38
Sean Brady def. Christian Aguilera via specialized submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 1:47
Polyana Viana def. Emily Whitmire by way of submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:53
Mallory Martin def. Hannah Cifers by using submission (rear-bare choke) – Round 2, 1:33