Anthony Smith explains why he prefers Jan Blachowicz to Aleksandar Rakic

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Anthony Smith likes Jan Blachowicz’s chances against Aleksandar Rakic.

Former light heavyweight champion Blachowicz (28-9 MMA, 11-6 UFC) will look to bounce back when he takes on rising contender Rakic ​​(14-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) at the event main event of a UFC Fight Night event on March 26.

Having recently lost to Rakic ​​in August 2020, Smith got a good idea of ​​his opponent’s powerful kicks. Rakic ​​managed to take down Smith with two heavy kicks, which set the tone for the fight. He also possesses a devastating header by knockout of Jimi Manuwa.

But after observing how Blachowicz treated decorated kickboxer and current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, Smith was impressed with how the former light heavyweight champion was able to nullify some of the more powerful guns. powerful “The Stylebender”.

“Jan Blachowicz is so good at handling heavy fighters,” Smith told Michael Bisping on the “Believe You Me” podcast. ” It is really impressive. Like if you go back and watch it doesn’t take that many kicks. People hit him a lot for the way he trudges forward. He handled Adesanya’s kicks very, very well – super impressive – and everyone before that.

“So Rakic ​​is a really heavy guy. He’s not really a boxer, and that’s kind of how he started the whole problem with me. I just hit myself with two real heavy kicks, and my calf was toasty after that. So I don’t think he’s going to have much success trying to win the kicking game, and he doesn’t like being in boxing range.

Blachowicz is also known for his “legendary Polish power” which he used to spark figures like Luke Rockhold, Corey Anderson and Dominick Reyes. While Smith recognizes Rakic’s physical attributes, he believes Blachowicz is the most complete fighter.

“Blachowicz is obviously a front pressure guy, likes to stay in the boxing lineup,” Smith added. “I think he handles the kicks well. I think he is the best wrestler. Unless there is a big knockout, I think the more technical guy and the guy with more money to win is Jan Blachowicz. But you can’t take Rakic’s power and insane athleticism away, and the dude has rock-solid confidence. It is difficult to shake.

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