‘I Would Love to Fight for the Title’- Aleksandar Rakic Makes a Huge Statement in the Light Heavyweight Division

Published 04/04/2021, 10:08 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 28: Aleksandar Rakic of Austria poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on August 28, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC light heavyweight Aleksandar Rakic shared his interest to fight for UFC gold. ‘Rocket’ is 6-1 in his UFC run thus far and is coming off a decision win over Thiago Santos. He’s only lost to former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir in a fight that he believes he did enough to win.

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The Austrian fighter has faced the who’s-who of the 205-pound weight class and has proven to have what it takes. Apart from securing some highlight reel level finishes, he’s certainly got the goods to make a meaningful run. With three former title challengers on his resume consecutively, Rakic has been one that fans have been watching out for.

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Aleksandar Rakic: On a mission for the strap

The 14-2 fighter made sure to lay out the fact that he’s fought everyone who has been put in front of him lately. Rakic came out and called for a title fight, despite the fact that Glover Teixeira is the next in line for a title shot. However, ‘Rocket’ clarified to MMA Fighting that he was willing to be a backup fighter for the aforementioned contest.

“I think I deserve the title shot. If you see realistically, I am 7-0 in the UFC, this one loss against Volkan [Oezdemir] wasn’t a loss, and Thiago was the third former title challenger in a row, and I beat all of them. So, who else, you know? Who else?

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“I would love to be the backup fighter,” he said. “It’s a big opportunity for me. But, if not, I would love to fight for the title. I think I proved to everyone that I’m deserving. I’m unbeaten in the UFC and it’s just a matter of time. But if the UFC comes to me with a backup fight for Glover and Jan, yes, I would jump in, of course.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 29: (R-L) Aleksandar Rakic of Austria punches Anthony Smith in their light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 29, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Aleksandar Rakic is the only other light heavyweight fighter with a genuine claim towards a title shot beside Teixeira. His strength of schedule speaks for itself and he’s running out of top 5 opponents to face. However, given that the champion has specifically called for Teixeira next, a backup spot is the best Rakic can hope for.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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