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Who won Rakić vs Smith?
Aleksandar Rakic beat Anthony Smith by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest, during the main event of UFC Vegas 8, on Saturday 29th August 2020 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 Smith stats
Aleksandar Rakic stepped into the ring with a record of 12 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 9 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Anthony Smith made his way to the ring with a record of 33 wins, 15 loses and 0 draws, with 18 of those wins by knock out and 12 by submission.
The stats suggested Rakic had advantage in power over Smith, with a 75% knock out percentage over Smith's 55%.
Aleksandar Rakic was the younger man by 3 years, at 30 years old.
Rakic had 2-inch reach advantage.
Rakic was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 34 less fights, and made his debut in 2011, 3 year and 7 months later than Smith, whose first professional fight was in 2008. He had fought 64 less professional rounds, 32 to Smith's 96.
Rakić vs Smith form
Smith had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night Jacksonville on 13th May 2020 by knockout in the 5th round at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on ESPN+ 11 on 1st June 2019 by submission in the 4th round at Ericsson Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Jon Jones at UFC 235 on 2nd March 2019 by unanimous decision in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Before that, he had beat Volkan Oezdemir at UFC Fight Night 138 on 27th October 2018 by submission in the 3rd round at Moncton Events Centre, Moncton, Canada.
He had defeated Maur cio Rua at UFC Fight Night 134 on 22nd July 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany.
Rakic's last 2 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 11 months and 22 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 5 months and 27 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 4 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.
Smith's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 10 months and 1 day, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 7 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 18 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.6 rounds on average.