Aleksandar Rakić (fighter)
Aleksandar Rakić (born February 6, 1992) is an Austrian mixed martial artist of Serbian ethnicity who is currently competing in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional since 2011, he has also competed for the Final Fight Championship in his native Austria. As of September 1, 2020, he is #5 in the UFC Light Heavyweight rankings.
|Born||February 6, 1992|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)|
|Reach||78 in (198 cm)|
|Style||Kickboxing, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Vienna, Austria|
|Team||Gym 23 |
American Top Team
|Rank||Purple 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, where he played soccer as a kid. However, he was aggressive up to a point where he was kicked out of the football team. In order to find a way to unload his excess energy, Rakić started competing in kickboxing and boxing when he was 14 years old and accumulated over 40 fights prior to transitioning into MMA when he was 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 has signed a new, six-fight contract with the UFC.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||13 wins||2 losses|
|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. 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|
- "Aleksandar Rakic | UFC". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
- "Under the Radar at UFC Stockholm: Aleksandar Rakic". www.sportingnews.com. Retrieved 2020-08-30.
- Aleksandar Rakic (@MMA.Aleks) (December 13, 2018). ""Today i got promoted to a BJJ Purple Belt from my coach,brother,and friend Robert Pastuch (...)"". Facebook. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
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- DNA, MMA. "Light-Heavyweightclash tussen Volkan Oezdemir en Aleksandar Rakic tijdens UFC Busan". Retrieved 2019-09-20.
- Doherty, Dan (2019-12-21). "UFC Busan Results: Volkan Oezdemir On Right Side of Split Decision Against Aleksander Rakic". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-12-22.
- Aleksandar Rakić (February 17, 2020). "Pleased to announce that I signed a new long term contract with 6 fights in the @ufc . This is the 3rd contract with the company in 2 years. Rocket Time 🚀🔝".
- Redactie (2020-06-19). "Anthony Smith en Aleksandar Rakić treffen elkaar op 29 augustus". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2020-06-19.
- Evanoff, Josh (2020-08-29). "UFC Vegas 8 Results: Aleksandar Rakic Dominates Anthony Smith". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-08-30.
- "UFC Stockholm bonuses: Anthony Smith's main event submission leads $50K winners". MMAmania. 2019-06-01. Retrieved 2019-06-01.
- Sherdog.com. "Aleksandar Rakic MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography - Sherdog.com". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-12-22.