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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 29 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 32 less professional rounds, 29 to Santos' 61.
Rakić vs Santos form
Santos had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this 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.
Previous to that, he had won against Jimi Manuwa at UFC 231 on 8th December 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada.
Going into that contest, he had beat Eryk Anders at UFC Fight Night 137 on 22nd September 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at Ginásio do Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Before that, he had defeated Kevin Holland at UFC 227 on 4th August 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Staples Center, Los Angeles, United States.
He had been beaten by David Branch at UFC Fight Night 128 on 21st April 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City.
Santos' last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 4 months and 27 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 6 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.4 rounds on average.