4 Top Bets for UFC Fight Night: Anthony Smith vs. Aleksandr Rakic on August 29, 2020

| August 26, 2020 3:46 am PDT

If you’re looking to bet on UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Rakic, I have some wagers that might interest you. 

The action goes down on Saturday, August 29 at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. As you might have gathered, Anthony Smith vs. Aleksandr Rakic will slug it out in the eponymous main event. 

I have a short breakdown of that fight below, with the odds and best bet to target included. More than this, I have three other bets for UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Rakic that will hopefully win you some money.

Ready to get started? Great, let’s check out the top bets for Smith vs. Rakic and go from there.

Rakic to Beat Smith -310

The odds suggest that Aleksandr Rakic will be too much for Anthony Smith on the headline bout of this card on Saturday night.

While I’m not surprised to see the Austrian come in as the favorite, I was a little curious about why the oddsmakers have made him such a significant favorite. But upon dissecting this fight, it became clear why the bookies are dubious about the Texan’s chances.

First, Smith is just a few months removed from a brutal beating at the hands of Brazilian veteran, Glover Teixeira. In that fight, he had his orbital bone broken and even lost some teeth. It was a grueling night for Smith and one that he will be keen to forget.

Is bouncing back against Rakic – a young, dynamic knockout artist that hasn’t fought since December – the best idea? I’m not sure it is, even for a guy who guys by the name of “Lionheart.”

Despite turning just 32 last month, Smith is entering the 49th professional fight of his career. He has lost 15 from 48, with nine KO/TKOs as well as four submissions. That kind of mileage comes back to haunt you in your career.

Some might say Smith has already shown signs of declining against Teixeira. I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with that, even if Teixeira is older. Older by eight years, but with ten fewer fights under his belt. 

I would probably champion Smith’s cause if he was fully rested and recovered from his loss to Teixeira. He says he is ready, but as I covered in my Smith vs. Rakic betting preview, I am not willing to risk my money on him, even if I think it COULD be a close fight.

Rakic’s odds are a little steep, so it might be worth looking at other ways of backing him in this fight. Perhaps by KO/TKO?

Ankalaev to Beat Cutelaba -340

This fight marks the rematch of one of the weirdest fights in recent memory.

For those of you that missed it, Ankalaev and Cutelaba squared off at UFC Fight Night 169 in February and basically tried to get stuck in before Bruce Buffer had an opportunity to get the pre-fight ceremony out of the way.

When the fight had officially started, Ankalaev basically worked himself into a favorable position and began throwing heavy shots at Cutelaba. Although the latter was wobbly on the feet, he was not done. But referee Kevin MacDonald still waved the fight off.

As a result, this one was far from the most difficult sequel to make. Both guys will now get a chance to do it all over again but with Ankalaev a significant favorite. Although there was not much in that first fight, the oddsmakers clearly saw enough to set his odds so low.

This fight was most recently set to take place at last week’s Munhoz vs. Edgar card, having been shifted around before then. Hopefully, nothing prevents either guy from fighting this Saturday.

You can check out my betting preview for Ankalaev vs. Cutelaba for more information on this fight. 

But for a straight-up pick? Ankalaev. If you’re looking to get better odds, take him by KO/TKO when the props are available.

Lamas to Beat Algeo -240

UFC featherweight veteran Ricardo Lamas takes on promotional newcomer Bill Algeo on Saturday night.

Algeo appeared on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2019, only to lose his fight against Brendan Loughnane by decision. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the gig. But, he sure has an opportunity to show what he is made of now.

From what I have seen of him, Algeo has solid fundamentals and looks a decent fighter. But even with Lamas approaching 40, Algeo might find him too much to deal with on the night. 

Lamas enters this bout with a record of 2-3 from his last five. Losses to Calvin Kattar, Mirsad Bektic, and Josh Emmett are hardly anything to be ashamed of, but some punters might see this as enough reason to back the new kid.

I don’t. Lamas is the better fighter here and should be able to outwork “Senor Perfecto” to a unanimous decision win on the cards.

Grasso to Beat Kim -315

Alexa Grasso fights for the first time since dropping a loss in a Fight of the Night clash against inaugural women’s strawweight champion, Carla Esparza, in September. 

That loss in Mexico City was tough to take for Grasso, who felt as though she did enough to be announced as the winner. But it was not to be, and she will certainly be keen to move on when she faces Ji Yeon Kim at UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Rakic.

Kim stopped Nadia Kassem in October but has since found several obstacles in her way of returning to the fold. The South Korean will be well-rested and up for this fight. But as for beating Grasso? I’m not sure.

The Mexican is gnarly and very well rounded. I’m tipping her to move into title contention at 125-pounds over the next year or so, and she can take a big step towards Valentina Shevchenko with a win on the night.

Grasso will look better for not having to drain down to 115-pounds for this fight, and I am expecting her to put on a classy exhibition. 

If you are not happy with the moneyline, I would suggest taking Grasso by decision if the price is right. 

Betting on UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Rakic

So, how do the bets above look to you? Perhaps your own ideas regarding who to back on the night? 

Either way, you can find odds for Smith vs. Rakic and the other bouts on the card this Saturday over at our top sites for betting on UFC fights.

You will also find odds and bets for some of the upcoming events. But you can check out our betting guides below for some of those.

Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

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