Alexander Rakic will have one of the most important fights of his career tonight when he takes on former Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz in the main event of UFC Vegas 54 from UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rakic is an Austrian martial artist of Serbian origin who has become one of the figures in the 205-pound division, after facing a number of tough fighters competing at this weight, aiming to challenge for the UFC title. . The fight between the current champions, Glover Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka, will take place on June 11 at UFC 275.
“Rochet” Rakic has a great kicking manner, but he can also fight at different rhythms and has a great will to overcome difficult moments.
Rakic has been a professional since 2011, and as of May 4, 2021, he is the third seed in UFC Light Heavyweight. Prior to this, he had competed for the Final Fight Championship in Austria.
He was born and raised in Vienna on February 6, 1992, in a family of Serbian descent. As a child, he played football. However, since then he has shown great aggression, for which he was expelled from his school team. So he started kickboxing and boxing at the age of 13. He added more than 40 fights before starting to practice MMA at the age of 19.
He began his professional MMA career in 2011, already battling Skilled, competing primarily in Europe, going 8–1 before being recalled by the UFC in March 2017.
He debuted on September 2, 2017 on the Dana White circuit in a fight against Francimar Barroso, in Volkov Vs. Struwe in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It was imposed by unanimous decision.
He was expected to face Gadzimurad Antigulov on February 24, 2018, but three weeks earlier he was informed of his opponent’s withdrawal due to injury and his second fight in the UFC was cancelled.
He was then scheduled on July 22, 2018 against UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Justin Ledett. Smith and again won by unanimous decision. The next opponent was Devin Clarke at UFC 231 on December 8, 2018 and won by technical knockout in the first round.
He returned to the Octagon on June 1, 2019, and will face UFC Fight Night: Gustafson vs. American Jimmy Manuwa on June 1, 2019. Smith. This time, he won the first round with a face kick, earning him the Performance of the Night award. At that time he made his mark of 12-1 (4-0 in the UFC).
However, he lost undefeated on the tour to Volkan Ozdemir, a feature of UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Edgar, on December 21, 2019. Korean zombie in split decision. However, the scorecards of seven of the eight members of the press scored in favor of Raki in the bout.
On February 17, 2020, he announced on his social network the signing of a new contract for six fights in the UFC, which is currently in force. Thus, he challenges Anthony Smith in UFC Fight Night: Smith vs Smith on August 29, 2020. Raki, his first stellar fight on the circuit and won by unanimous decision.
In that fight, he suffered a scuffle and furious knees from the American at the start of the fight, but in subtle performance he managed to counter his opponent’s attacks and beat them by unanimous decision.
He eventually faced Thiago Santos at UFC 259 on March 6, 2021. On this occasion, Rakic was able to cross the trade of Brazil, in a tense fifteen-minute battle, where his low kick that looked like a slap stood out, his balance being able to defend himself from the takedowns, approaches and heavy punches of boxing. for. In the end, it was won by unanimous decision, but more than a year has passed since then.