In a light heavyweight bout on the main card of UFC 259, Thiago Santos will fight Aleksandar Rakic Saturday in Las Vegas as the lid-lifter for the pay-per-view portion of the card.
The 37-year-old Santos walks into the octagon with a professional fighting record of 21-8 and is ranked second in the light heavyweight division. “Marreta” Santos last fought at UFC on ESPN 17 in November, where he lost to Glover Teixeira by submission in Round 3.
The veteran fighter lands 4.44 strikes per minute, with 47 percent accuracy. He also absorbs 2.19 strikes per minute, while his defense is at 57 percent. Out of Santos’ 21 wins, 15 of them have come by TKO/KO.
Rakic enters the UFC APEX with a professional fighting record of 13-2 and is ranked fourth in the light heavyweight rankings. The 32-year-old from Austria last fought in August at UFC Fight Night 175, where he defeated Anthony Smith by unanimous decision.
“Rocket” Rakic is a talented striker as he lands 5.17 strikes per minute, with an accuracy of 52 percent. While Rakic lands more strikes than Santos, he also absorbs more significant strikes at 2.41 per minute and defends against them at 53 percent.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Thiago Santos vs. Aleksandar Rakic at UFC 259 on March 6th.
Money line odds
Thiago Santos: +138
Aleksandar Rakic: -167
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