Who Is Anthony Smith Expected To Face In His UFC Return?

Following his first fight in about a year, Anthony Smith is looking to stay busy in 2020. According to MMAPlay365 and confirmed by ESPN, Smith will face off against Aleksandar Rakic on August 29.

Smith (33-15), a former UFC Light Heavyweight Title contender, is coming off of a TKO-loss at the hands of Glover Teixeira back in May. It was a bout in which Smith sustained major damage by Teixeira before the decision of the fight was made. Before that, Smith beat Alexander Gustafsson in a rebound submission-win following a loss to champion Jon Jones. In his last six fights, Smith is 4-2.

A former kickboxer, Rakic is coming off of a split decision loss at the hands of Volkan Oezdemir back in December. The loss ended a twelve-fight win streak dating back to 2012. Debuting with the UFC in 2017, Rakic went 4-0 before the Oezdemir fight.

The bout is a clash between a top prospect and a veteran who has become a trusted member of the light heavyweight division. As of now, there is no set location for the August 29 card, with the UFC’s APEX Center an option. Other fights have also not been announced.

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