UFC Light-heavyweight contender Aleksandar Rakic has stated that he a perfect stylistic matchup for UFC Light-heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz.
Aleksandar Rakic is the no.3 ranked UFC light-heavyweight contender and one of the best fighters in the division right now. He is just one win away from a title shot. He is 6-1 in the UFC and has just lost one fight in the UFC against Volkan Oezdemir in 2019. Rakic has been having great success recently and is coming off back-to-back wins over former title challengers Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos.
UFC Light-heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz is all set to defend his throne for the second time against the top contender in the division Glover Teixeira at UFC 266. His first title defense came against UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. He gave Israel his first MMA loss in a very technical striking and grappling matchup.
Aleksandar Rakic talks about his matches up with Jan Blachowicz
Speaking to James Lynch, Rakic said he believes he stylistically matches up very well with the champ Jan and the only difference that makes him better than Jan is the speed factor between them.
“I think stylistically he would match up even better (with Blachowicz) than Thiago. I’m the fastest guy in the division. My reaction and my movements, I’ve been in the sport for so many (years). I started kickboxing when I was 13. I had my first fight when I was 14. The first fight, I fought at 68kgs (150lbs). This movement and this speed are always in my backpack. I have it always in there,” Rakic said.
“Of course, it’s going to be a hard fight, a hard battle, but I’m improving every day. I’m training and I have a hell of a team behind me. We work on every detail. The last camp, the quality of the camp behind me is amazing. After every sparring session, we record every sparring rounds, we sit in the evening together, and we watch the sparring. For example, the wrestling coach or the striking coach, if he sees something we could do better, right away the next day we work on this. The details. After every fight, you see a better version of Aleksandar Rakic. More fight IQ, better shape, calmer. It’s just a matter of time until the knockout or submission will come. I’m working very hard on this and I think it’s going to be a very good fight, me and Jan.”
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