Anthony Smith vs. Aleksandar Rakic UFC fight night takes place on Saturday at UFC APEX watch on ESPN+. UFC head Dana White, and the team have put together an exciting night for fans on August 29th, 2020 with fights that will leave action fans excited and with reason to look forward to a resumption of their favorite sport.
The Mixed Martial Arts and the Ultimate Fighting Championship fraternity, just like all other sporting industries, has suffered significant losses from the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic. However, it has been one of the fastest to make a return within the set guidelines.
The new format will be a new experience for fans watching. Deserted areas, sparse ring-side officials and mask-wearing officials. The sounds are different as well, where spectator voices drowned out hits, you can even hear the labored breathing of a struggling fighter or the composed breaths of a fighter that knows they are on their way to victory.
The show, in accordance with government guidelines, will not be open to the public. In the lead up to the main event, Maki Pitolo, undefeated in 19, will be up against Impa Kisanganay, himself unbeaten in 7. In the women’s strawweight, Hannah Cifers will be up against Mallory Martin, while the night’s highlight will be between Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith vs Aleksandar ‘Rocket’ Rakic.
Smith vs. Rakic fight preview
The headline fight pits 31-year-old Anthony Smith, looking to get back to winning ways after a loss to Glover Texeira via a 5th round TKO. Rakic, 28, will come into the fight off the back of a split-decision loss to Volkan Oezdemir. Smith’s loss to Teixeira, came at great personal cost, where he lost teeth in a knockout. As shown in previous wins over Alexander Gustafsson and Jon Jones, the American martial artist, ranked at number 5 in the UFC light heavyweight rankings, still remains one of the best UFC fighters globally. He will want to prove this and this bout provides a great launching pad for him to stake that claim.
The reason this fight promises to be fireworks is that Rakic’s last fight was a loss; although it was a split decision loss to Oezdemir in December 2019. The Austrian has dispatched past opponents, Jimi Manuwa and Devin Clark in previous fights, and a win over his American challenger will cement his reputation as one of the championships best-rising stars and give him a shot at the 2020 title.
This fight has been a long time coming, with previous fighters pulling out due to injury, weight issues and some opponents even testing positive for COVID 19. The match will be a single, three-round fight and it will be shown on various streaming sites around the world.
How to watch UFC fight night Reddit stream
You can watch the match via various streaming sites, although we will go into Reddit and ESPN+ in this article. Be sure to stay within recognized streaming services, as while the broadcasters bear the biggest brunt in illegal streams, you are also liable to an extent.
Reddit streams have proved to be very popular with fans since its discovery. Once a fan has a legit stream to a match, then they can distribute it to a lot of other Reddit users. As long as there is someone who is streaming a match or event on Reddit, then you can log in and access it. There are even segments purely dedicated to select sports, done by fans who have genuine streams and who share it with others without charge.
While it is not illegal, organizing bodies are denied revenue through this form of streaming. While this remains a personal decision, it is important to remember this effect on your favorite fighter, their management, and the sport in general.
What is the ESPN+ Reddit stream?
ESPN Plus is a streaming service that is subscription-based accessible to multiple devices that include tablets, media players, smart TVs, and platforms like Amazon and Roku.
This subscription allows you access to UFC Fights, curated UFC archives, and exclusive shows and features by the ESPN Plus team. Visit: r/ESPN
How much does it cost?
Pricing for ESPN+ starts at $5.99 monthly or a total of $49.99 per year, offering streaming content that is exclusive with expert coverage and analysis. If you are interested, you can even add Hulu and Disney + for $12.99 a month. The content list includes shows exclusive to ESPN+, documentaries, and ESPN Insider news, the inhouse paywalled news source.
Regarding pay-per-view events, you need to be an ESPN+ subscriber to purchase UFC OR MMA pay per view shows. This will cost you $64.99 per event.
Wherever you watch your fight from, this will be a different experience. When the cameramen, officials, UFC personnel, and fighter and their teams get back home healthy and safe from the virus, it shall be considered a success. UFC nights are back, and you have a few days to ready yourself for the impending action and excitement.