A giant mild heavyweight matchup is headed to the UFC’s Aug. 29 occasion.
Two individuals with information of the state of affairs confirmed the reserving to MMA Junkie after an preliminary report from MMA Play 365. The sources requested to stay nameless for the reason that promotion has but to make an official announcement.
After a 4-Zero begin to his UFC tenure, Rakic (12-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) suffered a split-decision loss to Volkan Oezdemir final December. Previous to that, the Austrian claimed back-to-back first-round knockouts towards Devin Clark and Jimi Manuwa.
Former UFC mild heavyweight title challenger Smith (32-15 MMA, 8-5 UFC) has misplaced two of his final three and is coming off a fifth-round TKO loss to Glover Teixeira at UFC on ESPN+ 29 in Could. The late stoppage drew criticism with some blaming Smith’s nook and referee Jason Herzog for not stopping the battle earlier as Smith continued to take harm within the latter rounds.
Smith suffered a damaged orbital bone, smashed enamel, and a damaged nostril within the loss, however disagrees with the general public’s criticism, claiming that he’d like to have Herzog referee his fights once more.