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UFC on ESPN+ 33: Aleksandar Rakic piles up the points on Anthony Smith

Back to the drawing board for 'Lionheart'

Aleksandar Rakic’s convincing unanimous decision victory at UFC on ESPN+ 33 in Las Vegas Saturday night had opponent Anthony Smith grasping for answers in the post-fight press conference.

Rakic used powerful leg kicks to break down Smith, then used a stifling ground game to keep Smith on the defensive en route to a 30-26, 30-26, 30-27 scoring by the judges.

The win likely moves Rakic into the top five of the division rankings.

Mallory Martin and Sean Brady earned performances of the night while Ricardo Lamas and Bill Ageo earned Fight of the Night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

MALLORY MARTIN DEF. HANNAH CIFERS VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 1:33

POLYIANA VIANA DEF. EMILY WHITMIRE VIA SUBMISSION (ARM-BAR) R2 1:53

SEAN BRADY DEF. CHRISTIAN AGUILERA VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R2 1:47

ALEX CACERES DEF. AUSTIN SPRINGER VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 3:38

ZAK CUMMINGS DEF. ALESSIO DI CHIRRIO VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

IMPA KASANGANAY DEF. MAKI PITOLO VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MAIN CARD 

RICARDO LAMAS VS. BILL ALGEO

 

WINNER: RICARDO LAMAS VIA UD (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RICARDO LAMAS VIA UD

Andrews: Good fight. Algeo came in confident and did not look out of place.

#14 JI YEON KIM VS. #14 ALEXA GRASSO

 

WINNER: ALEXA GRASSO VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEXA GRASSO VIA UD

Andrews: Grasso used her striking and movement as expected to neutralize the power advantage of Kim.

#13 ROBBIE LAWLER VS. #14 NEIL MAGNY 

 

WINNER: NEIL MAGNY VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: NEIL MAGNY VIA UD

Andrews: Magny used a smart game plan and did not allow Lawler to use his striking.

MAIN EVENT

#5 ANTHONY SMITH VS. #9 ALEKSANDAR RAKIC 

 

Andrews: Smith was dominated by Teixeira in his last bout, but has a knack for bouncing back. But I like Rakic’s striking, and if he performs, should be able to pile up enough points to take the decision.

Andrews Prediction: Aleksandar Rakic via UD

@kenaiandrews UFC on ESPN+ 33: Aleksandar Rakic piles up the points on Anthony Smith

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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