Aleksandar Rakic claims that Jimi Manuwa sucker punched him during the UFC London event.
Aleksandar Rakic Claims Jimi Manuwa Sucker Punched Him
Over the weekend, UFC London took place from the O2 Arena. It featured several great matchups, including one that took place outside of the Octagon apparently.
Top-ranked UFC light heavyweight Aleksandar Rakic took to Twitter, posing a video, claiming that former opponent Jimi Manuwa sucker punched him in the crowd.
Rakic says he was being escorted by UFC security back to the terminal that would take him to his hotel. While he was being escorted, he passed by Manuwa.
He then suggests that Manuwa sucker punched him as he passed, but that Manuwa was not able to reach his face.
“Jimi Manuwa, you piece of sh*t,” Rakic said. “You son of a b*tch. What a p*ssy move you did last night on me. Guys, I would just let you know that after the event at UFC London, the security was escorting me to the transfer back to the hotel, and ‘Mr. Still Sleep’ was sitting in my row at the end of the row, so I needed to pass by. And I pass by and he talked to me something – I didn’t really pay attention. I have nothing to do with that guy. For me, this is over. So I started to turn away and he sucker-punched me. And even in that close range he couldn’t catch my head. I think he caught me with the forearm on my neck.
“The security was so fast here and they separated us. Man, what a f*cking p*ssy move. You knew that I would be alone in London by myself. You know that I had surgery nine weeks ago and you did this. Man, you’re such a bad loser. I want the people to know what a piece of sh*t you are. I’m going to stay in your head forever. I retired you, I knocked you out and the world saw that. So happy retirement, ‘Mr. Sleep.’”
— Aleksandar Rakic (@rakic_ufc) July 24, 2022
Manuwa then responded to Rakic’s allegations on Twitter, saying the following:
“The fight is the fight and we all win and lose which is part of it. When u try to talk sh*t months after the fight on twitter like every one of the keyboard warriors I promised you I will slap you when I see you. I saw you last night, how dare u think I wouldn’t”
The fight is the fight and we all win and lose which is part of it. When u try to talk shit months after the fight on twitter like every one of the keyboard warriors I promised you I will slap you when I see you. I saw you last night, how dare u think I wouldn’t @rakic_ufc
— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) July 24, 2022
Rakic and Manuwa fought back in June of 2019. It resulted in a first-round knockout victory for Rakic, who finished the fight in under a minute.
After the fight, Manuwa announced his retirement from the sport. He ended his career on a four-fight losing streak, however, he has hinted at returning to action for the right fight.
Rakic, on the other hand, is in a much different position. The 30-year-old is the No. 3-ranked light heavyweight in the UFC.
His last outing against former 205-pound champion Jan Blachjowicz resulted in a TKO defeat after an injury during the fight.
He is currently recovering from surgery and is awaiting his return to the Octagon.