MMA Preview – Anthony Smith vs Aleksandar Rakic at UFC Vegas 8

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ANTHONY SMITH VS ALEKSANDAR RAKIC FACTS

When is UFC Vegas 8? Saturday 29th August, 2020 - 23:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 8? APEX Facility, Las Vegas, Nevada (US)

What channel is UFC Vegas 8? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 8? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!

ANTHONY SMITH VS ALEKSANDAR RAKIC LOWDOWN

Anthony Smith is back from the dead after receiving a hellacious beatdown from Glover Teixeira back in May. This came off a brilliant submission win over Alexander Gustafsson and unsurprisingly went into the Teixeira fight as the favourite. He started well but after the second round the Brazilian came into his own and pummelled Smith to secure the TKO in the fifth round.

Rakic is also coming off a loss but it was a split decision that could have easily gone his way. The beast athlete fired his way to 12 straight wins after losing his first pro fight which includes four UFC wins. Coming off one of the most devastating head kick knockouts ever over Jimi Manuwa, he was just pipped over the line by Volkan Oezdemir but the UFC have still rewarded Rakic with the top contender.

ANTHONY SMITH VS ALEKSANDAR RAKIC PREDICTION

The worst preparation for fighting Rakic is getting your chin weathered for three rounds. Rakic is ferociously explosive and if he connects clean, it will be lights out despite Smith’s durability.

Smith has all the experience but interestingly this is three rounds instead of five which will suit Rakic. Instead of dragging the fight into the championship rounds with his grappling, Smith will be forced to stand more where Rakic will be looking offload leg kicks and find openings for the knockout blow.

The stand-up battle will be fascinating and Smith has proven he is a threat until the bell. If he can make this a gritty war, he can use his experience to wear Rakic down and even pull off a late submission.

However, we have not seen the best out of Rakic yet as he still has so much potential to fill. If this was five rounds, Smith may have the edge, but this three-round main event could easily create Rakic’s best performance to date with his leg kicks and power making the difference.

Winner: Rakic via KO/TKO

Value Bet: Smith via Submission

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