Israel Adesanya will try to add a light heavyweight belt to UFC 259 on March 6 at UFC 259, and this is the outcome that would seem to be welcomed by Aleksandar Rakić. The Serbian-Austrian fighter will have the biggest match of his career so far that evening, and if he defeats the former challenger Thiago Santos, Aleksandar could already make a huge step towards the fight for the title that day.
And when we add Adesanya's star status to this whole story, it's no wonder that some challengers in 'The Last Stylebender' see a more attractive opponent than the current champion from Poland. "It would be a good thing for me.
If he becomes a champion, he will hold the titles in two categories and he will have to face me, and that will not be a good night for him. All his legacy and all his merits will come to me," said Rakic in an interview with the MMA Junkie portal.
If Rakic wins in his next Santos performance, he will have the right to hope for an attack on the UFC's 'gold', but we must not forget one man in the whole story. As much as the fans want to see Aleksandar in a belt-worthy clash, it is hard to ignore the fact that with five victories in a row, the Brazilian Glover Teixeira deserved the same opportunity.
UFC decision with Adesanya
Rakić also admitted this, explaining in the same interview how he understands the UFC's decision with Adesanya: "Glover is a great fighter with five consecutive wins and in my opinion, he deserves a belt fight.
But the UFC decides what they want, and for promotion and marketing, it's a match between Adesanya and Blachowicz. It's easier to sell to people and it will be very interesting to see Adesanya in." "However, the difference between that and the middle category is huge.
It is about nine kilograms - from 84 to 93, and the strength is felt in those nine kilograms. We light heavyweights are strong, but also fast. It is not my intention to say that the fighters from the mediums are not strong, but it will be interesting, it will be."
Although Adesanya is a big favorite in bookmakers (1.35 - 3.20), Rakić believes that we have a fairly even match ahead of us. "Jan is a very solid and very strong character. For me, this is 50-50. It will be very interesting and I will definitely follow closely from the front row what is happening and along the way find out who will be my next opponent in the future," said Rakic.