‘You and Me’- Aleksandar Rakic Calls Out Jiri Prochazka for a Number One Contender Showdown

Published 06/30/2021, 11:57 AM 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 took to social media and called his shot against surging contender Jiri Prochazka. ‘Rocket’ Rakic made the callout following the news that the light heavyweight title fight is targeted to take place in Abu Dhabi.

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Rakic wants to face Prochazka either a week before or a week after the title divisional title fight.

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The timeline makes a lot of sense as the winner of Prochazka vs Rakic is definitely the next to challenge for the belt. Both men are ranked 2 and 3 respectively in the official rankings and a fight between them is the way to go. Not to mention, it’s an explosive scrap on paper and is one that fans can get behind.

Waiting in the wings to face the winner of Jan Blachowicz vs Glover Teixeira means going on an inactivity streak until the end of the year. Both Rakic and Prochazka are extremely popular right now and they’ll want to cash in on their acclaim. It’s not likely that a number one contender’s match-up lines up perfectly with the title fight and it’s the way to go.

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‘Rocket’ Rakic is on a two-fight win streak and has only lost to Volkan Oezdemir since coming into the UFC. What’s more, many believe he did enough to pick up the win over Oezdemir via split decision on the scorecards.

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)

Rakic has employed a more measured approach to his recent fights and isn’t the charging marauder he once was. His recent wins have seen him pick up two well-placed UD wins but fans can’t help but hope to see some more violence from him. The Austrian light heavyweight is well rounded no matter where the fight goes and he’s eager to pick up the belt.

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Jiri Prochazka may have only two fights in the UFC, but the impact he’s made has been nothing short of astounding. ‘Denisa’ knocked out Volkan Oezdemir and Dominick Reyes in scintillating fashion and has staked his claim as the top dog.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 01: (L-R) Jiri Prochazka of the Czech Republic punches Dominick Reyes in a light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 01, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

27 of his 28 victories have come by way of stoppage and he’s a force of nature once the cage door closes. Many see Prochazka becoming a champion as a foregone conclusion but he’ll likely have to march past Rakic to secure his position.

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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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