Although many fans weren’t happy with Adesanya getting the title shot given Glover Teixeira deserved it, the fight still is a big one. Adesanya is one of the biggest stars in the UFC, and if he becomes a champ-champ, Rakic knows that would be good for him so he can dethrone him.
“For me, it’s a good thing,” Rakic told MMA Junkie. “If he becomes the champion and he’s a two-division champion, then he’s gonna need to face me and it’s not gonna be a good night for him. All his legacy and all his credit is gonna come to me.”
Aleksandar Rakic went 1-0 in 2020 with a decision win over Anthony Smith in August. Before that, he suffered a controversial split decision loss against Volkan Oezdemir. The Austrian is 13-2 as a pro with notable wins over Jimi Manuwa and Devin Clark. The 28-year-old is set to face Thiago Santos in March, in what could be a No. 1 contender bout for him.
Israel Adesanya, meanwhile, is set to face Jan Blachowicz on March 9, on the same card Rakic faces Santos. The champ is coming off a dominant win over Paulo Costa back in September.