Defeat with bitter diagnosis
Rakic competed in the light heavyweight division against Polish mixed martial arts fighter Jan Blachowicz. With a victory against the latter, the Austrian would have had a chance to fight for the title which would have been a great opportunity for his career. As a result, he started the tournament against Blachowicz strong and motivated. While the first round was even, Rakic dominated the fight in the second round and managed to keep Blachowicz down. However, in the third round, something went horribly wrong: when stepping back, the Austrian twisted his right knee and collapsed immediately, ending the fight. After medical examination, the diagnosis is clear: rupture of the cruciate ligament. Rakic is going to undergo surgery and needs to recover for some time. It’s especially bitter that the UFC fighter has torn his cruciate ligament twice before. Apparently, the knee injury happened a few weeks earlier in training camp and eventually took its toll. Rakic also expressed his confidence to overcome this injury and is looking forward to a rematch with Blachowicz. On Twitter, the star announced: “A great battle took place in the octagon tonight, but sadly it didn’t end the way Jan and I or the fans wanted. The same injury from ago 3 weeks in camp reappeared tonight Congratulations @JanBlachowicz Now on the road to recovery Remains to be seen when the rematch can happen and if Rakic can build on his strong second round and defeat the Polish fighter Many fans are already betting that Rakic will sweep Blachowicz off the pitch after his recovery.Those who want to participate in betting have the chance to win money by watching their favorite sport.When looking for a suitable online betting provider and reputable, expert online betting guides can help you, these provide advice for newcomers and a comprehensive overview of providers, so they can find the provider with the best ratings and conditions. optimal betting options, so even inexperienced sports fans can find a reputable supplier quickly, easily and for free.
Previous career and successes
The Austrian started kickboxing at the age of 13. As a teenager, Rakic won many fights and eventually became the Viennese national champion. He also dabbled in boxing in between and finished a total of three fights. Nevertheless, he claimed that boxing and kickboxing eventually got too boring for him. After about 40 official kickboxing fights, Rakic finally took up mixed martial arts in 2011. He fought his first MMA fight at Rock the Cage 2 in Greifswald, Germany. However, after only a few minutes, the Austrian had to retire and give the victory to Christian Radke. However, he won his second fight at New Talents 15. From then on, his wins continued and his name gained notoriety. In 2015, Rakic managed to knock out his opponent Martin Bur after just 26 seconds with a left hook at Austrian Fight Challenge 1, claiming victory for himself in record time. Rakic became the third Austrian to receive a contract with the UFC, signing four fights over the next two years. The Austrian fighter made his UFC debut in 2017 in Rotterdam at UFC Fight Night where the judges ruled in favor of Rakic after three draws. He achieved the same result at UFC Fight Night in 2018 when he faced previously undefeated opponent Justin Ledet. Again, the decision was in his favor, as the fight was technically better. The Austrian of Serbian origin also won his following fights. Currently, Rakic is third in his division on the UFC ranking list. Maybe he can improve his position after fully recovering.