By Landon Smith

Anthony Smith vs Aleksandar Rakic UFC Vegas 8 Light Heavyweight Bout Odds, Prediction

Anthony Smith will meet Aleksandar Rakic at UFC Vegas 8 Light Heavyweight Bout on Saturday August 29th, 2020 at the Arena: UFC APEX, Las Vegas, NV United States.

UFC Vegas 8 Light Heavyweight Bout

Anthony Smith vs Aleksandar Rakic

Date: Saturday, August 29th, 2020

Kick Off: 10:00p ET

Location: UFC APEX, Las Vegas NV, USA

TV: ESPN+

 

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MATCHUP STATS
Anthony SmithUFC Vegas 8Aleksandar Rakic
+230Betting Odds-300
32-15-0 Record 12-2-0
United States CountryAustria
6' 4" Height 6' 4"
205.00 LB Weight 205.00 LB
76 in Reach 78 in
44 in Leg Reach 46 in
58% KO/TKO 75%
35%SUB 8%
6%DEC 17%
11:47 AVG Fight Time 9:58
0.49 Knockdown AVG 0.9

Anthony Smith will meet Aleksandar Rakic at UFC Vegas 8 Light Heavyweight Bout on Saturday August 29th, 2020 at the Arena: UFC APEX, Las Vegas, NV United States.

Anthony Smith +230

Anthony Smith is 33-15 winning 55% of his fights by knockout. Smith has won four of his last six fights in his last bout he lost to Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 171.

Smith is coming off a bitter fight and it will be important to see how he recovers. Smith is an athletic forward who is creative on his feet and has real hitting power, plus he has an ability to take punches.

He is very good with his footwork and knees and if he has to fight on the ground he feels comfortable as he has won 12 fights by submission.

Black belt in BJJ and with his punching ability, Smith is one of the most balanced and tough fighters in this division.

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Aleksandar Rakic -300

Aleksandar Rakic holds a 12-1 record where he wins 75% of his fights by knockout. Rakic has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a loss to Volkan Oezdemir in his last split decision match at UFC Fight Night 165.

Rakic was much more accurate with his significant shots and even had one out, but it was clearly not enough for the judges.

Rakic is a technical fighter with a background in boxing and kickboxing, and he's very smart on his feet where he doesn't take much damage. He is a precise forward who chooses his spots well and is quite fast with his hands.

Rakic wants to avoid accumulating losses in a row so he will also use the improvements he has made to his fighting skills over the years.

 

PICK: Aleksandar Rakic to Win @ -300

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