- Top: 6’4″ Age: 32 Weight: 205 lbs. Reach: 76″
- Final strive against: TKO loss to Glover Teixeira (Might perchance well maybe 13, 2019)
- Camp: Ingredient-X Muay Thai (Nebraska/Colorado
- Stance/striking vogue: Orthodox/muay Thai
- Anguish administration: Stunning
+ Regional MMA titles
+ Brazilian jiu-jitsu dusky belt
+ 17 KO victories
+ 12 submission wins
+ 17 first-round finishes
+ KO strength
+ Smartly-rounded muay Thai arsenal
^ Effective at more than one ranges
+ Valid clinch striker
^ Harmful knees and elbows
+ Underrated grappling skill
^ Makes utilize of frame/transitions effectively
+ Finishes strong from back mount
+/-Completely viewed scorecards 4 situations in 47 fights
- Top: 6’4″ Age: 28 Weight: 205 lbs. Reach: 78″
- Final strive against: Option loss to Volkan Oezdemir (Dec. 21, 2019)
- Camp: American Top Personnel (Zagreb)
- Stance/striking vogue: Orthodox/kickboxing
- Anguish administration: Stunning
+ Austrian express kickboxing champion
+ Boxing and kickboxing rank
+ 9 KO victories
+ 1 submission make a selection
+ 9 first-round finishes
+ KO strength
+ Constant go and stress
+ Valid footwork and breeze
+ Presentations defensive awareness
^ Moves head effectively off strikes
+ Unprejudiced correct shot resolution
^ Coming ahead and off the counter
+ Underrated wrestling skill
^ Defensively and offensively
The main match in Las Vegas aspects a fun mild heavyweight matchup between two men who like to punctuate their presence on the toes.
Embracing more of a frail muay Thai arsenal, Anthony Smith brings a effectively-rounded skill scheme of violence to the desk. Carrying a menacing feel to the manner all over which he marches down his opposition, Smith is ready to setting up stress his buddy, using it to gas his ahead assaults.
No subject his long attain and frame, the Nebraska native does a deceptively gorgeous job at changing his ranges on strikes mid-stroke or aggregate, following fleeing opponents when acceptable. Traditionally favoring to strive against on the within, Smith keeps an array of unforgiving elbows and knees on the ready, in particular when going into or off of clinch breaks.
On the opposite hand, since working more completely with coaches like Marc Montoya and James Krause, Smith has also confirmed an improved jab and overall striking path of, using it to either scheme up or disrupt offense. That said, defense has no longer typically been Smith’s strongest swimsuit, that scheme he’ll deserve to thoughts the returns of Aleksandar Rakic.
Utilizing his long and athletic frame, Rakic’s striking rank shines by in his flexibility of scheme.
In his first few fights below the UFC banner, Rakic demonstrated a functionality to stress effectively in the back of his kickboxing, mixing in leg kicks and stage-changing takedown threats to boot. And in his most modern day out opposite Volkan Oezdemir, Rakic showed more of his countering savvy, electing to play somewhat more on the out of doorways as he regarded to return over the shoulders or below the guard off of Oezdemir’s offense.
Even supposing Rakic clearly carries the boldness of a young fighter, the 28-three hundred and sixty five days-primitive, to his credit ranking, does effectively at staying defensively mindful (relative to his contemporaries, anyhow). Whether or no longer he’s rolling his head off crosses or slipping off of the lead aspect, Rakic does a first price job of interesting his head and declaring the range to his liking.
Regardless if Rakic appears to be to return ahead or counter, I suspect he’ll be shopping for the uppercut given the success Glover Teixeira had with it against Smith. But when Rakic starts to go or leer too liberally for his photographs, then he runs the possibility of eating a sweeping head kick or hook from his fearless foe.
No subject being an Austrian-born striker, Rakic carries a fraudulent wrestling savvy that he keeps in his back pocket to rating aspects and snarl aggression.
Rakic has confirmed the skill to hit stage-changing doubles in the commence and against the fence, nonetheless appears to derive chaining trips and attempts off of snatch singles as of dull (which would perchance well also no longer be the worst point of entry given his opponent).
Smith is a noted clinch striker who poses various counter-wrestling threats both on the toes and from a front-headlock assign, nonetheless his wrestling – though serviceable – is no longer exactly something he utilizes at all situations. That said, Smith is a legitimate Brazilian jiu-jitsu dusky belt, that scheme Rakic cannot come up with the money for to fall asleep on the steering wheel would perchance well also fair silent he elect to utilize this route in the strive against.
Even supposing Smith’s comfortability off of his back has price him at situations, the 12-three hundred and sixty five days skilled has confirmed that he can possess aloof and stage comebacks from irascible positions.
Utilizing like a flash-witted wrist controls, Smith can elevate his hips whereas he threatens with both submissions and sweeps, no subject whether he’s working from a stout or half of-guard. And if Smith is the one who is forcing a grappling strive against to happen, then Rakic will deserve to thoughts himself interior of scrambles – in particular if he finds himself exposing his back to acquire to his toes.
Demonstrating fabulous instincts from the back mount since his days on the regional stage, Smith has always had a solid sense with regard to utilize his size, to boot to his thought of posts to properly entangle opposition. Might perchance well maybe silent the 32-three hundred and sixty five days-primitive operate this assign at any time all over this strive against, then it would perchance be game over for Rakic.
The oddsmakers and public seem to be siding with the brisker face, list Rakic -275 and Smith +235 as of this writing.
Even supposing I’m formally siding with the favourite to make a selection, I disagree with the width of the making a bet spread above. We in most cases (myself integrated) possess an unfair tendency to write down off the older dilapidated in these situations, and no-one would perchance well also fair silent be bowled over if Smith can add one more upset to his resume.
Smith, who has clearly improved his striking combinations and overall path of, is larger than in a position to scoring with leg kicks in a identical type to Oezdemir, to boot to carries the strength to derive Rakic off a separation. And if Smith manages to acquire round to the Austrian’s back, then I suspect Rakic bettors will possess a gorgeous cause to commence up tearing their tickets.
That said, in the three-round affair, I finally like Rakic’s probabilities somewhat better.
No longer best does Rakic possess the skill to whole issues all over the distance with something like an uppercut or head kick, nonetheless Smith is returning awfully soon from a war that he was as soon as on the shedding aspect of. Alternatively, I suspect that Smith’s noted sturdiness and fraudulent savvy originate Rakic work laborious for every little thing he earns on Saturday, as I explore this laborious-fought strive against hitting the scorecards.