Pros react after Aleksandar Rakić defeats Thiago Santos at UFC 259

Anthony Smith, Aleksandar Rakic

A key light heavyweight bout featuring former title challenger Thiago Santos taking on Aleksandar Rakić kicked off tonight’s UFC 259 pay-per-view.

Santos (21-9 MMA) was looking to snap a two-fight losing skid this evening in Las Vegas. ‘Marreta’ had most previously competed this past November, where he suffered a submission loss to surging division contender Glover Teixeira.

Meanwhile, Aleksandar Rakić (14-2 MMA) had entered tonight’s UFC 259 fight with Thiago Santos looking to build off the momentum from his recent unanimous decision win over Anthony Smith. The Austrian had gone 4-1 under the UFC banner up to this point.

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Tonight’s Santos vs. Rakić contest was not the slugfest many were expecting. Instead, both men seemed tentative, likely out of respect for each others power. While it wasn’t a fan-friendly affair, Aleksandar Rakić clearly did enough to warrant getting his hand raised against Thiago Santos this evening.

Official UFC 259 Result: Aleksandar Rakić def. Thiago Santos by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)

Check out how the pros reacted to Rakić defeating Santos below:

Post-fight reactions to Thiago Santos vs. Aleksandar Rakić:

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