Anthony Smith vs. Aleksandar Rakic - 8/29/20 UFC Vegas 8 Pick and Prediction
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Aleksandar Rakic vs. Anthony Smith
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 9:00 PM (UFC APEX)
The Line: Aleksandar Rakic -310 / Anthony Smith +260 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Anthony Smith and Aleksander Rakic face off in a light heavyweight showdown in the main event of UFC Vegas 8 at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Anthony “Lionheart” Smith is a popular fighter who comes into this fight with 33 wins and 15 losses. Even though there has been a lot of success during his career, he comes into this fight having won two of the last three fights. In Smith’s last fight against Glover Teixeira, he was outstruck 136-86 and in the fifth round of that fight he was knocked out. Smith is a scrapper and although it might not always be the prettiest, he has survived fights that he probably shouldn’t have.
Smith is averaging 3.19 significant strikes per minute while the defense is absorbing 4.57 significant strikes per minute. Smith is averaging 0.45 successful takedowns every 15 minutes but he is only successful 27 percent of the times. Smith also attempts 0.7 submission attempts every 15 minutes.
Aleksander Rakic comes into this fight with a 12-2 record overall and coming into this one he has won four of his last five fights. Rakic’s only loss in the UFC came in his last fight in December of 2019 against Volkan Oezdemir and in that fight he actually outstruck his opponent and had a takedown, but on the judges' scorecard he lost by a split decision.
Rakic’s last win came in June of 2019 and in that fight it only took 47 seconds before he was able to finish the fight by knockout. Rakic is averaging 5.17 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 2.41 significant strikes per minute. Rakic is averaging 1.20 successful takedowns every 15 minutes but is only successful on 28 percent of his attempts. Rakic is averaging 0.3 submission attempts every 15 minutes.
Smith is a big underdog but he has value in this fight. He is a scrapper and Smith is going to find a way to get a job done in this game. Look for Smith to wear down Rakic and he will come away with a victory in this game.