Returning from his main event loss, Anthony Smith will face Aleksander Rakic on an August 29th UFC card. First reported by MMAPlay365, the light heavyweight fight will be Rakic’s first in 2020.
Rakic had a strong start in the UFC, going 4-0 from 2017 to 2019. The streak was stopped in late December, as a split decision went to Volkan Oezdemir. Now, he looks to come back from a loss for the first time since his second professional MMA fight.
Smith’s last fight came in May, losing in the fifth round to Glover Teixeira. The main event fight saw Teixeira get the upper hand as cardio increasingly became a factor in the bout. The fight will be Smith’s first three-round bout in six fights, with the one before being in 2018.
The show, which does not have a main event, has two other bouts scheduled for it as well. The card looks like this currently.
Bout 3: Ji Yeon Kim (9-2-2) vs. Alexa Grasso (11-3) (Flyweight)
Bout 2: Sean Brady (12-0) vs. Christian Aguilera (14-6) (Welterweight)
Bout 1: Anthony Smith (33-15) vs. Aleksandar Rakic (12-2)