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UFC Fight Night
  • Saturday 08.29.2020 at 06:00 PM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: ESPN+
  • Name: UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Rakic
  • Also Known As: UFC Vegas 8
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Endeavor
  • Venue: UFC APEX
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Brendan Fitzgerald, Paul Felder
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Paul Felder
  • TV Ratings: 564,000 avg. viewers (ESPN prelims)
  • MMA Bouts: 10
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Bout   Info
Aleksandar Rakić   defeats   Anthony Smith   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Neil Magny   defeats   Robbie Lawler   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Alexa Grasso   defeats   Ji Yeon Kim   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Ricardo Lamas   defeats   Bill Algeo   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Impa Kasanganay   defeats   Maki Pitolo   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Zak Cummings   defeats   Alessio Di Chirico   via Decision, Unanimous   3 Rounds, 15:00 Total Bout Page
Alex Caceres   defeats   Austin Springer   via Submission, Rear Naked Choke   3:38 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Sean Brady   defeats   Christian Aguilera   via Submission, Guillotine Choke   1:47 Round 2 of 3, 6:47 Total Bout Page
Polyana Viana   defeats   Emily Whitmire   via Submission, Armbar   1:53 Round 1 of 3 Bout Page
Mallory Martin   defeats   Hannah Cifers   via Submission, Rear Naked Choke   1:33 Round 2 of 3, 6:33 Total Bout Page

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Joshjeffords
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08.29.2020 | 2:18 PM ET

Predictions: 5 of 9 Winners, 0 Perfect, 265 Points   |   Tied for 2546th

I hear ya big blue alex is just a different less dynamic guy now, after the newb missing weight I gotta rehash.
I fully expect alex to get a boring decision, but a guy who won't coast is always fun and steals fights.  
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08.29.2020 | 2:21 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 8 of 10 Winners, 4 Perfect, 515 Points   |   Tied for 723rd

Smith vs. Rakić
Aleksandar Rakić, TKO, R2
I do like Anthony Smith, he's maybe over-achiever in some ppl's eyes, I think the move to Lt. Heavyweight was a good move, it was like a different Lionheart. But Rakic is a tough ask. I think he's the younger, better version of Anthony Smith and is better across the board, except for on the mat, I'd give Smith the edge. And wouldn't be a bad gameplan for Smith to try for the sub finish.

Lawler vs. Magny
Neil Magny, DEC
I can't believe this fight. I mean I can. Every top dog has their day when they get beat by someone they should destroy. This fight, Brad will probably break something else. He did fix my door. Lol

"I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter...... But I Will Fight For What I Love."

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08.29.2020 | 2:29 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 7 of 10 Winners, 4 Perfect, 465 Points   |   Tied for 1263rd

Smith vs. Rakić
Anthony Smith, SUB, R3
think people are writing off smith here. rakic is a powerhouse, but i don't think he has the gas tank of glover to keep turning it up as the fight goes on. i'll say he tires.

Lawler vs. Magny
Neil Magny, DEC
if neil can stay composed and out of range then it should be his fight to lose at this point in robbie's career. he can still take a beating though and give back big shots so i'm not expecting magny to get too overzealous.

Kim vs. Grasso
Alexa Grasso, DEC
kim's heart and grit are admirable, but i'm thinking grasso's technicality will allow her to engage on her own terms and hoping that her ground game could be put to use after a well timed level change.

Lamas vs. Algeo
Ricardo Lamas, DEC
this kid is gonna need to really blitz lamas early and make him respect his power or else he's gonna get wrestled around i think.

Ankalaev vs. Cutelaba II
Magomed Ankalaev, TKO, R1
hopefully they pick up right where they left off. ankalaev has more tools.

Pitolo vs. Kasanganay
Maki Pitolo, TKO, R2
just gonna go with the experience edge here. impa could find a sub, but no idea what he's gonna look like standing.

Cummings vs. Di Chirico
Zak Cummings, DEC
yeah i think like cummings as an underdog here, his only ufc losses have been to divisionally relevant fighters.

Caceres vs. Springer
Alex Caceres, DEC
only 2 subs, but subbed giga, so clearly a threat on the ground. still think that caceres can play his outside game and a bad weight cut won't help.

Brady vs. Aguilera
Sean Brady, TKO, R2
i agree with consensus that brady seems the better prospect.

Whitmire vs. Viana
Emily Whitmire, DEC
whitmire is super vulnerable, but hasn't underperformed as badly as viana. on paper, emily leaves too many openings and is bound to get caught, but viana managed to become macedo's only ufc win so i'm having a hard time finding faith.

Martin vs. Cifers
Mallory Martin, DEC
i don't think cifers is too out of her league, but i'm kinda agreeing that she's not the level of opponent that has beaten mallory prior.

milfhunter69
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08.29.2020 | 2:30 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 6 of 10 Winners, 3 Perfect, 400 Points   |   Tied for 1850th

Smith vs. Rakić
Anthony Smith, TKO, R3
He went for 3 rounds, I think Smith has a plan

Ankalaev vs. Cutelaba II
Ion Cutelaba, TKO, R3
Yeah going against the odds

Pitolo vs. Kasanganay
Maki Pitolo, DEC
I think dude is over rated. Coconut got this one

Martin vs. Cifers
Hannah Cifers, TKO, R1
Good take down defense. I can see her beating the sht out of Martin.

Joshjeffords
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08.29.2020 | 2:33 PM ET

Unpopular opinion

Predictions: 5 of 9 Winners, 0 Perfect, 265 Points   |   Tied for 2546th

Anthony Smith could be called an over achiever, I like fight talk he is a dog!
If he can he will win, he goes for broke gasses often and tries dangerous moves.
I'd rather see him cut 15 lb and destroy middleweights, he will "always" have size disadvantage at lhw.
He weighs 205 hell if he was ripped maybe 195-200, just like rich franklin too small for big guys.
It is unknown if he has much power at 205 all his kos are very shop warn and under estimated him.
He has resorted to 2 subs arguably losing prior, against less old beat down guys.
Also similar to Evan Tanner not quite big enough to grapple and take the insane beatings some lhw dish out. 
Side note why the proper **** does he lie about being 6 4 looks a weak 6 3 at most ****s sake Jones was taller.   
JackChase
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08.29.2020 | 2:50 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 7 of 10 Winners, 4 Perfect, 475 Points   |   Tied for 1182nd

Smith vs. Rakić
Aleksandar Rakić, TKO, R3
Smith coming back against his beating from Texeria against one of the mmost dangerous guys in the division, if he gases out like he did v glover this could be ugly even if he doesn't i dont see him winning

Lawler vs. Magny
Robbie Lawler, TKO, R2
Either Magney smesh or Lawler by violence no inbetween

Kim vs. Grasso
Ji Yeon Kim, DEC
WMMA like both

Lamas vs. Algeo
Ricardo Lamas, DEC
haven't seen anything about Algeo but his record and it seems like a mismatch unless the UFC sees something in him i dont

Ankalaev vs. Cutelaba II
Magomed Ankalaev, DEC
Ankalaev is really good Cutelaba has punchers chance and thats it

Pitolo vs. Kasanganay
Impa Kasanganay, DEC
Like both Kasangany is inexperienced but is a bad matchup due to grappling

Cummings vs. Di Chirico
Zak Cummings, DEC
Cummings smesh

Caceres vs. Springer
Austin Springer, SUB, R2
Never bet on a Caceres fight Springer should win but you never know

Brady vs. Aguilera
Sean Brady, DEC
neither fighter has fought the best competition though Brady is levels ahead technically but Aguilera has good power so could have a punchers chance

Whitmire vs. Viana
Polyana Viana, SUB, R1
Never bet on WMMA both in rocky form think Viana cluthes it though

Martin vs. Cifers
Mallory Martin, DEC
WMMA Martin should win but never bet on WMMA

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08.29.2020 | 2:52 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 7 of 10 Winners, 3 Perfect, 425 Points   |   Tied for 1546th

Lawler vs. Magny
Robbie Lawler, TKO, R2
This is the most important fight on this card, Atleast to me it is. If Lawler doesn't kill Magny, or wait, you can't say that, ppl will call me racist. If Lawler doesn't destroy Magny, I don't know how much longer we'll see Robbie. Atleast in the UFC. That Covington fight left a horrible and foul taste in my mouth from how ****** and salty I was. Can't have anymore of that here. He can't do that. I'll be a ragetard again.

Lamas vs. Algeo
Ricardo Lamas, DEC
I find it hard to not root for Bill Algeo. But Ricardo Lamas. Even a less dangerous version of Lamas is a tough fight. I just don't know what Algeo can do, that Lamas won't have an answer for.

Ankalaev vs. Cutelaba II
Magomed Ankalaev, TKO, R2
Ankalaev survives the Hulk's wrath in R1, takes him out in the 2nd...

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Matti_Juhani
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08.29.2020 | 2:54 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 5 of 10 Winners, 2 Perfect, 315 Points   |   Tied for 2352nd

Smith vs. Rakić
Aleksandar Rakić, DEC
Here we go again, ladies & gentlemen!

Lawler vs. Magny
Robbie Lawler, DEC
Welcome back to another episode of Let's Make Some ****** Predictions!

Kim vs. Grasso
Ji Yeon Kim, TKO, R3
Because we all know it's easy to blame the fighters for making your predictions go down the drain.

Lamas vs. Algeo
Ricardo Lamas, TKO, R3
But let's keep it real!

Ankalaev vs. Cutelaba II
Ion Cutelaba, TKO, R1
Nobody really knows what' going to happen.

Pitolo vs. Kasanganay
Maki Pitolo, DEC
And this is all about luck and coincidences.

Cummings vs. Di Chirico
Zak Cummings, DEC
But like a wise man once said...

Caceres vs. Springer
Austin Springer, SUB, R2
I came here to chew bubblegum

Brady vs. Aguilera
Christian Aguilera, TKO, R1
and to make ****** fight predictions

Whitmire vs. Viana
Polyana Viana, TKO, R1
and I'm all out of bubblegum!

Martin vs. Cifers
Mallory Martin, DEC
Merry christmas!

"Life is always better after a big poo."

flying_frontkick
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08.29.2020 | 2:59 PM ET

Predictions: 8 of 10 Winners, 3 Perfect, 490 Points   |   Tied for 978th

Why the **** is the main event only three five minute rounds, similar to how those scum put Brunson up to blame for 3 rounds against "Little Ed"

"For no particular reason beat up everyone"

flying_frontkick
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08.29.2020 | 3:06 PM ET

Predictions: 8 of 10 Winners, 3 Perfect, 490 Points   |   Tied for 978th



Have never gone against Lawler. 7-2 

"For no particular reason beat up everyone"

NgannouPunch
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08.29.2020 | 3:07 PM ET

Predictions: 8 of 10 Winners, 4 Perfect, 555 Points   |   Tied for 377th

Its 3 rounds because the original main event was supposed to be Zabit vs Yair.

Why are you so upset about it?
freemoneyforall
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08.29.2020 | 3:09 PM ET

Predictions: 5 of 10 Winners, 1 Perfect, 275 Points   |   Tied for 2494th

Probably because 3round main events suck.
SmokedTabasco
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08.29.2020 | 3:11 PM ET

Prediction Comments

Predictions: 9 of 10 Winners, 2 Perfect, 500 Points   |   Tied for 803rd

Smith vs. Rakić
Aleksandar Rakić, TKO, R2
Smith is a journeyman.

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freemoneyforall
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08.29.2020 | 3:11 PM ET

Predictions: 5 of 10 Winners, 1 Perfect, 275 Points   |   Tied for 2494th



Lot of us with the same picks tonight. That's a recipe for disaster.
flying_frontkick
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08.29.2020 | 3:12 PM ET

Predictions: 8 of 10 Winners, 3 Perfect, 490 Points   |   Tied for 978th

Firstly, I'm not upset. Secondly, read @Freemoneyforall's post. 

"For no particular reason beat up everyone"

Tieoken
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08.29.2020 | 3:12 PM ET

@flyingfrontkick

Predictions: 4 of 10 Winners, 1 Perfect, 225 Points   |   Tied for 2629th

I think title fights should be a hybrid of the old days and modern rules. 25 minutes, no rests, no 10-9 must system. If there's no finish you pick the winner based off of the entirety of the fight. Then you can kind of model the rest of the system like boxing. The prelim fighters can be 3 rounds 5 minutes and the main card fighters can be 5 rounds 5 minutes. You could even make the early early prelims 3 round 3 minutes like they do for amateurs since half the time I can't tell the difference.

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NgannouPunch
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08.29.2020 | 3:14 PM ET

Predictions: 8 of 10 Winners, 4 Perfect, 555 Points   |   Tied for 377th

With Covid....people having bad weight cuts and having to drop out..injuries....just be glad we are getting fights.
NoChin
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08.29.2020 | 3:19 PM ET

Predictions: 7 of 10 Winners, 3 Perfect, 425 Points   |   Tied for 1546th

Cutelaba COVID
TWJake
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08.29.2020 | 3:20 PM ET

Predictions: 6 of 10 Winners, 1 Perfect, 340 Points   |   Tied for 2230th


Expecting a night of sadness and disappointment in my picks drowned out by the unhealthy amount of Wendy's that my incinerator of a body doesn't get fat off of


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NgannouPunch
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08.29.2020 | 3:22 PM ET

Predictions: 8 of 10 Winners, 4 Perfect, 555 Points   |   Tied for 377th

@ TW Jake-I like all of those picks minus the Lawler KO...

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