Aleksandar Rakić

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).[6] 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.[7]

Aleksandar Rakić
Born (1992-02-06) February 6, 1992 (age 30)
Vienna, Austria
Other namesRocket
NationalityAustrian
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
DivisionLight heavyweight
Reach78[1] in (198 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofVienna, Austria
TeamGym 23
American Top Team[3]
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Roberto Pastuch[4]
Years active2005–2011 (kickboxing)[5]
2011–present (MMA)[5]
Mixed martial arts record
Total17
Wins14
By knockout9
By submission1
By decision4
Losses3
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Rakić was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, into a Serb family.[8] As a child, he played football. However, he was aggressive up to a point where he was expelled from the team.[5] 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.[9][10]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early 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.[11]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Rakić made his UFC debut on September 2, 2017, against Francimar Barroso at UFC Fight Night 115 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.[12] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[13]

Rakić was expected to face Gadzhimurad Antigulov on February 24, 2018, at UFC on Fox 28.[14] However, it was reported on February 7, 2018, that Antigulov was pulled from the fight, citing injury, as a result, the bout was cancelled.[15]

His next fight came on July 22, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 134 against Justin Ledet.[16] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[17]

Rakić faced Devin Clark on December 8, 2018, at UFC 231.[18] He won the fight by TKO in the first round.[19]

Rakić next faced Jimi Manuwa on June 1, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 153.[20] He won the fight by knockout with a head kick in the opening minute of the fight.[21] The win also earned his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[22]

Rakić faced Volkan Oezdemir on December 21, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 165[23] He lost the fight via split decision.[24] 7 out of 8 media members scored the fight for Rakić.[25]

On February 17, 2020, Rakić announced on his social media that he had signed a new, six-fight contract with the UFC.[26]

Rakić faced Anthony Smith on August 29, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 175.[27] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[28]

Rakić faced Thiago Santos on March 6, 2021, at UFC 259.[29] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[30]

Rakić was scheduled to face former light heavyweight champion Jan Błachowicz on March 26, 2022, at UFC on ESPN 33.[31] However, in late January, Błachowicz withdrew due to an injury[32] and the bout was rescheduled for UFC on ESPN 36 on May 14, 2022.[33] Rakić lost the fight via technical knockout in round three after being rendered unable to continue after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.[34] He hurt his knee three weeks prior to the fight during sparring.[35]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
17 matches 14 wins 3 losses
By knockout 9 1
By submission 1 1
By decision 4 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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