Aleksandar Rakic obtained the win in a lackluster affair with Thiago Santos at UFC 259.
In a struggle that had quite a lot of potential however fully underwhelmed, Aleksandar Rakic took the win over Thiago Santos within the opening bout of the pay-per-view portion of UFC 259.
Each guys fought with a restricted offense, however Rakic appeared principally in management, whereas Santos appeared to not get something going.
Aleksandar Rakic makes use of vary, clinch work to manage struggle with Thiago Santos and get win
Each males fought cautiously within the opening body, however after they did throw, they threw with intention, buying and selling energy photographs. Rakic used his vary within the opening 5 minutes to manage the tempo, however Santos appeared to land the extra highly effective photographs.
The restricted tempo continued into the second spherical, however about two minutes in, Rakic managed to clinch up Santos and pin him towards the cage. Rakic landed physique photographs there; nonetheless, it wasn’t sufficient to be thought of something main.
Rakic blocked an early Santos takedown try within the third and clinched him briefly however there wasn’t a lot. Rakic tried his personal takedown with Santos towards the cage with lower than two minutes left within the struggle, however Santos fought it off and landed some heavy elbows and a knee to the physique. It wasn’t sufficient, nonetheless, and Rakic continued to have Santos pinned towards the cage for a while — whereas Santos didn’t take an opportunity.
Two judges scored the struggle 29-28, whereas a 3rd scored it 30-27, all for Rakic.