Aleksandar Rakić (born February 6, 1992) is an Austrian mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Light Heavyweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional since 2011, Rakić has also competed for the Final Fight Championship in his native Austria. As of August 1, 2022, he is #4 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings.
|Born||February 6, 1992|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Reach||78 in (198 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Vienna, Austria|
|Team||Gym 23 |
American Top Team
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Roberto Pastuch|
|Years active||2005–2011 (kickboxing) |
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Rakić was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, into a Serb family. As a child, he played football. However, he was aggressive up to a point where he was expelled from the team. As a way to unload his excess energy, Rakić started competing in kickboxing and boxing when he was 13 years old. He accumulated over 40 fights prior to transitioning into MMA at the age of 19, as he wanted to incorporate grappling and wrestling into his fighting skills.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Rakić started his professional MMA career in 2011, competing primarily in the European circuit, and amassed a record of 8–1 before being signed by the UFC in March 2017.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Rakić was expected to face Gadzhimurad Antigulov on February 24, 2018, at UFC on Fox 28. However, it was reported on February 7, 2018, that Antigulov was pulled from the fight, citing injury, as a result, the bout was cancelled.
Rakić next faced Jimi Manuwa on June 1, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 153. He won the fight by knockout with a head kick in the opening minute of the fight. The win also earned his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
On February 17, 2020, Rakić announced on his social media that he had signed a new, six-fight contract with the UFC.
Rakić was scheduled to face former light heavyweight champion Jan Błachowicz on March 26, 2022, at UFC on ESPN 33. However, in late January, Błachowicz withdrew due to an injury and the bout was rescheduled for UFC on ESPN 36 on May 14, 2022. Rakić lost the fight via technical knockout in round three after being rendered unable to continue after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament. He hurt his knee three weeks prior to the fight during sparring.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||14 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||14–3||Jan Błachowicz||TKO (knee injury)||UFC on ESPN: Błachowicz vs. Rakić||May 14, 2022||3||1:11||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–2||Thiago Santos||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 259||March 6, 2021||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–2||Anthony Smith||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Rakić||August 29, 2020||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||12–2||Volkan Oezdemir||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. The Korean Zombie||December 21, 2019||3||5:00||Busan, South Korea|
|Win||12–1||Jimi Manuwa||KO (head kick)||UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Smith||June 1, 2019||1||0:42||Stockholm, Sweden||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||11–1||Devin Clark||TKO (punches)||UFC 231||December 8, 2018||1||4:05||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||10–1||Justin Ledet||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Smith||July 22, 2018||3||5:00||Hamburg, Germany|
|Win||9–1||Francimar Barroso||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve||September 2, 2017||3||5:00||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||8–1||Sergio Souza||TKO (punches)||Austrian Fight Challenge 5||March 4, 2017||1||N/A||Vienna, Austria|
|Win||7–1||Martin Batur||KO (punch)||Austrian Fight Challenge 1||June 20, 2015||1||0:26||Vienna, Austria|
|Win||6–1||Marcin Prachnio||TKO (punches)||Final Fight Championship 16||December 6, 2014||3||3:00||Vienna, Austria|
|Win||5–1||Norbert Péter||TKO (punches)||HG: Heimgala 2||September 13, 2014||1||4:57||Vienna, Austria|
|Win||4–1||Péter Rozmaring||Submission (north-south choke)||Vendetta: Rookies 2||July 6, 2013||1||1:32||Vienna, Austria|
|Win||3–1||Laszlo Czene||KO (head kick)||WFC: Challengers 3||June 3, 2012||1||N/A||Vienna, Austria|
|Win||2–1||Richard Longhimo||TKO (punches)||Iron Fist: Vendetta 3||March 18, 2012||2||4:30||Vienna, Austria|
|Win||1–1||Carsten Lorenz||TKO (punches)||New Talents 15||February 4, 2012||1||1:42||Erfurt, Germany|
|Loss||0–1||Christian Radke||Submission (guillotine choke)||Rock the Cage 2||October 15, 2011||1||4:34||Greifswald, Germany|
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