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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 ring 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 ring 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%.
Aleksandar Rakic was the younger man by 8 years, at 30 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 less 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 stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, 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, United States.
Previous to that, 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.
Going into that contest, he had won against Jan Blachowicz at UFC on ESPN+ 3 on 23rd February 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic.
Before that, he had beat Jimi Manuwa at UFC 231 on 8th December 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada.
He had defeated Eryk Anders at UFC Fight Night 137 on 22nd September 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at Ginásio do Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Rakic's last 4 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 3 months and 20 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 10 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.5 rounds on average.
Santos' last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 11 months and 30 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 16 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.2 rounds on average.