Aleksandar Rakic rematch ‘is sensible’ for Anthony Smith with ‘dominant efficiency’ towards Ryan Spann

Longtime UFC mild heavyweight contender Anthony Smith returns to motion this Sat. evening (Sept. 18, 2021) in a high-stakes showdown reverse 205-pound bruiser Ryan Spann. They’ll headline the UFC Vegas 37 MMA occasion on ESPN+ from contained in the promotion’s APEX middle in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Smith (35-16), at present sitting at No. 6 within the official rankings (see them right here), understands {that a} “dominant efficiency” towards Spann is unlikely to earn him the following mild heavyweight title shot, nevertheless it could possibly be sufficient to attain a second go-round reverse division “Rocket” Aleksander Rakic.

“I believe after this combat, if I am going in and have a dominant efficiency, I don’t suppose I’ve to defend my place anymore and I can return to climbing,” Smith advised MMA Junkie. “That’s why the Rakic combat is sensible to me. I’ve to climb forward of me. Thiago (Santos) already has a combat developing; Jiri (Prochazka) has the title shot to combat the winner (of Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira); Reyes is coming off three losses – I don’t suppose that is sensible for me. There’s actually simply Rakic there and that’s the man that is sensible for me.”

Rakic scored a three-round unanimous choice over Smith once they went to conflict within the UFC Vegas 8 headliner roughly one 12 months again. That stated, the Austrian’s efficiency wasn’t making anybody’s “Better of” lists for 2020. “Lionheart” is hoping that will probably be sufficient to open the door for a possible do-over.

“I do know he needs to attend for the title combat, however I don’t suppose that makes any sense,” Smith stated. “He hasn’t had any barn-burning performances. He’s completed sufficient to win, which is actually what it’s important to do. However he’s not wowing anyone and the UFC will not be begging him to combat for the title. He’s able the place he’s going to combat once more or get skipped. If I’ve to be the man to push that, I might be comfortable to do this.”

If Rakic (14-2) needs to attend for a 205-pound title shot after turning away Thiago Santos final March, he could possibly be out of motion for greater than a 12 months. The winner of Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira at UFC 267 on Oct. 30 is already booked to face Jiri Prochazka in some unspecified time in the future in early 2022.

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