Smith vs. Rakic: How to watch and stream, plus full analysis

MMA

Anthony Smith faces Aleksandar Rakic in the light heavyweight main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday at the promotion’s Apex facility in Las Vegas.

The main card is on ESPN+, starting at 9 p.m. ET, and the prelims are on both ESPN and ESPN+ at 6 p.m.

Smith (38-15, 8-4 in the UFC) is coming off a brutal TKO loss to Glover Teixeira in May. He has lost two of his past three fights, with the first of those defeats being an unsuccessful challenge of then-champion Jon Jones in March 2019.

Rakic (12-2, 4-1 UFC) also is coming off a loss. He dropped a split decision to Volkan Oezdemir in December — Rakic’s first loss in his UFC bouts and his first loss overall since his pro MMA debut in 2011. He had won 12 in a row.

The co-main event features the return of former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler after an absence of over a year. Lawler, who has lost his past three bouts and four of his past five, takes on Neil Magny, who has won two in a row, most recently a unanimous decision over Anthony Rocco Martin in June.

How to watch the fights:

Watch the main card on ESPN+. If you don’t have ESPN+, get it here.

Watch the prelims on ESPN: Download the ESPN App | WatchESPN | TV. Don’t have ESPN? Get instant access.

There’s also FightCenter, which offers live updates for every UFC card.


Saturday’s fight schedule

ESPN+, 9 p.m. ET
Anthony Smith vs. Aleksandar Rakic | Light heavyweight
Robbie Lawler vs. Neil Magny | Welterweight
Alexa Grasso vs. Ji Yeon Kim | Women’s flyweight
Ricardo Lamas vs. Bill Algeo | Men’s featherweight
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba | Light heavyweight
ESPN/ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET
Maki Pitolo vs. Impa Kasanganay | Welterweight
Mallory Martin vs. Hannah Cifers | Strawweight
Alessio Di Chirico vs. Zak Cummings | Middleweight
Alex Caceres vs. TBD | Men’s featherweight
Saparbeg Safarov vs. Julian Marquez | Middleweight
Polyana Viana vs. Emily Whitmire | Women’s flyweight
Sean Brady vs. Christian Aguilera | Welterweight

Top stories

Sources: Former contender Anthony Smith to fight Aleksandar Rakic

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