The UFC Light Heavyweight division fighter Aleksandar Rakic has made a name for himself in the division-winning five of his six fights in UFC. He is currently holding the number 4th spot in the division.
Rakic is going to face the number 2 ranked Light Heavyweight fighter, Thiago Santos, at UFC 259 at the same card as Israel Adesanya is making his debut in the division. Santos is just coming with a loss against Glover Teixeira.
Aleksandar Rakic knows this is a great opportunity for him and he wants to capitalize to the fullest. In his exclusive interview with Bloody Elbow, Rakic says, “This I’m king to decide in the fight. We have a gameplan, but it depends on the momentum.”
“I’m also a striker and I’m dangerous in the standup. We know Santos is switching stances. I brought over today came a southpaw former Muay Thai world champion. I’m going to spar with him, tomorrow southpaw. I have good kickboxing guys orthodox.”
“I’m getting ready for both stances. I know what to do if he switches stances or not. In the grappling and the wrestling part, I see my chances. But I’m not going to force the wrestling and the grappling to just went to the fight and shoot a single or a double leg.”
“We’re going to see what happens. I feel very comfortable on my feet. I know he’s a dangerous striker with wild hooks and kicks.”
Rakic is interested in giving Adesanya the first loss in his carrier
While being further asked by the reporter about Adesanya moving to the Lightweight division and holding both the titles. Rakic added, “Yeah, I mean if Adesanya wins, let’s see what he decides. Maybe he won’t want to defend the light heavyweight title, he wants to go back to middleweight.”
“But I’m believing that he wants to defend the title, and if he needs to face me then that’s perfect for me. Adesanya is undefeated, he’s middleweight champion, if he beats Jan he’s a double champ.”
“So if he’s fighting me and I beat him I take all his glory and all his legacy. Taking someone’s zero from his record means a lot and I’d love to be the first guy to beat him.”