Cageside doctor details brutal knee injury Aleksandar Rakic suffered against Jan Blachowicz at UFC Vegas 54

Rakic is 14-3 in his overall MMA career with 10 wins by finishes.

David Abbasi- Aleksandar Rakic
David Abbasi- Aleksandar Rakic

UFC Lightheavyweight Aleksandar Rakic suffered one sad and painful night at UFC Vegas 54 when his knee finally buckled earlier in round 3 against former champion Jan Blachowicz in a five-round main event. While Blachowicz took the first round, Rakic clearly had the control in the second round and was opening the third round well until less than a minute into the fight the right knee collapses.

Jan Blachowicz vs Aleksandar Rakic
Jan Blachowicz vs Aleksandar Rakic

Rakic is now 14-3 as a mixed martial artist and still is one of the highest potentials amongst the entire UFC roster to prove against the top 5 of the light-heavyweight competition. Rakic’s win column includes the likes of Anthony Smith, Thiago Santos, Jimi Manuwa, and many more. His opponent and the winner of his last fight, Jan Blachowicz is most likely going to get his title match and the next opponent is most likely going to be the winner between the champion Glover Teixeira and the challenger Jiri Prochazka.

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David Abbasi lauds UFC commentators for the right terminology and guesswork on Aleksandar Rakic’s injury

Jan Blachowicz
Jan Blachowicz came out on top in his bout against Aleksandar Rakic

In his video, Dr David Abbasi, a famous orthopaedic sports surgeon, talks in detail about what exactly happened to Rakic’s knee in the process of fighting. When he uploaded the video on Twitter, Dr Abbasi wrote in the caption “KNEE POP! EXACT MOMENT HE BLOWS [HIS] ACL. #AleksanderRakic vs #JanBlachowitz In addition UFC has best commentators! @bisping using word Instability when describing knee replay + @dc_mma predicting ACL injury on tweet was [dart on target emoji, indicating accuracy]. Best covered sport in the world!”

Watch the video above as Dr Abbasi talks more about the knee in detail. “It’s a non-contact injury so pretty much we can presume it’s an ACL,” says Abbasi. More into the video and you will realise Rakic has suffered from what is known as the subluxation episode; where the tibia slides forward and pops back into the place. Keep watching to know the exact mechanism and movement of the bone structure that led to the injury.

What did you make of this detailed video on Rakic’s knee and what’s in store for the light-heavyweight now? Do you remember someone’s knee being buckled that bad during a fight? Do you remember any fighter whose course of his career changed dramatically after making his return from a gruesome injury? We can only wish the best recovery for Rakic as he will need a long layoff to recover from that one.

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