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Aleksandar Rakic vs Thiago Santos report
Who won Rakić vs Santos?
Aleksandar Rakic beat Thiago Santos by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the main card of UFC 259, on Saturday 6th March 2021 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Aleksandar Rakic.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 205 pounds (14.6 stone or 93 KG).
Rakić vs Santos stats
Aleksandar Rakic stepped into the octagon with a record of 13 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 9 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Thiago Santos made his way to the cage with a record of 21 wins, 8 loses and 0 draws, with 15 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested Santos had a slight advantage in power over Rakic, with a 71% knock out percentage over Rakic's 69%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Rakic had a slight advantage over Santos, with a 8% submission rate over Santos' 5%.
Aleksandar Rakic was the younger man by 8 years, at 31 years old.
Rakic had a height advantage of 2 inches over Santos. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Rakic was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 14 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2011, 10 months later than Santos, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 43 less professional rounds, 32 to Santos' 75.
Rakić vs Santos form
Thiago Santos had beaten 1 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Magomed Ankalaev at UFC Fight Night on 12th March 2022 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Johnny Walker at UFC Vegas 38 on 2nd October 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Aleksandar Rakic at UFC 259 on 6th March 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had lost to Glover Teixeira at UFC Vegas 13 on 7th November 2020 by submission in the 3rd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
He had been beaten by Jon Jones at UFC 239 on 6th July 2019 by split decision in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Rakic's last 3 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 9 months and 22 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 3 months and 8 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 7 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.3 rounds on average.
Santos' last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 8 months and 17 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 28 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 21 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4.2 rounds on average.
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