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UFC Fight Night: Anthony Smith vs. Aleksander Rakic Fight Card, Predictions, Preview, Date & Time, Location,

Updated On: Sat Aug 29, 2020 By Jitendra Jangir

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UFC announced Anthony Smith vs. Aleksander Rakic as the new headliner for Aug. 29. The original plan was Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Yair Rodriguez, but that was canceled once Rodriguez hurt his ankle. The sixth straight headliner for Smith.

Rodríguez pulled out of the bout on August 5 with an ankle injury and Magomedsharipov announced he will not fight on the event as well. The pairing was first scheduled to take place at UFC 228 in September 2018, but Rodríguez also pulled out of that event with an injury. The pairing is now rescheduled for UFC 254.

UFC Fight Night: Anthony Smith vs. Aleksander Rakic info

  • Date: Aug. 29

  • Location: UFC APEX --Las Vegas

  • Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET (Main card)

  • How to watch: ESPN

A light heavyweight rematch between Magomed Ankalaev and Ion Cuțelaba is expected to take place at this event.

Below you can see the full expected fights.

Main card (ESPN / ESPN+)

  • Light Heavyweight bout: Anthony Smith vs. Aleksander Rakic

  • Welterweight bout: Neil Magny vs. Robbie Lawler

  • Women's Flyweight bout: Alexa Grasso vs. Ji Yeon Kim

  • Featherweight bout: Ricardo Lamas vs. Bill Algeo

  • Light Heavyweight bout: Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cuțelaba

Preliminary Card (ESPN / ESPN+)

  • Middleweight bout: Maki Pitolo vs. Impa Kasanganay

  • Catchweight (117 lb): Mallory Martin vs. Hannah Cifers

  • Middleweight bout: Alessio Di Chirico vs. Zak Cummings

  • Welterweight bout: Sean Brady vs. Christian Aguilera

  • Catchweight (151 lb): Alex Caceres vs. Austin Springer

  • Women's Flyweight bout: Emily Whitmire vs. Polyana Viana

A welterweight bout between Neil Magny and Geoff Neal was scheduled to take place at this event. However, Neal withdrew from the event on August 9 due to a severe case of pneumonia that evolved to sepsis. He was replaced by former UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler.

A featherweight bout between Alex Caceres and Giga Chikadze was initially scheduled to take place three weeks earlier at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik. However, promotion officials elected to move the fight to this event for undisclosed reasons.

A welterweight bout between Maki Pitolo and promotional newcomer Impa Kasanganay was briefly linked to UFC on ESPN: Munhoz vs. Edgar a week earlier. However, promotion officials elected to move the fight to this event for undisclosed reasons.


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