UFC Vegas 8 Results: Aleksandar Rakic Wins, Robbie Lawler Returns & Alexa Grasso's Flyweight Debut!

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Main Card (9pm EST., ESPN+)

#8 Aleksandar Rakic def. #5 Anthony Smith by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

#14 Neil Magny def. #13 Robbie Lawler by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

#14 (Strawweight) Alexa Grasso def. #14 Ji Yeon Kim by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ricardo Lamas def. Bill Algeo by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Preliminary Card (6pm EST., ESPN+)

Impa Kasanganay def. Maki Pitolo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Zak Cummings def. Alessio Di Chirico by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Alex Caceres def. Austin Springer by submission via rear naked choke (3:38, R1)

Sean Brady def. Christian Aguilera by submission via guillotine choke (1:47, R2)

Polyana Viana def. Emily Whitmire by submission via arm bar (1:53, R1)

Mallory Martin def. Hannah Cifers by submission via rear naked choke (1:33, R2)


#5 Anthony Smith vs. #8 Aleksandar Rakic

Round One: The round begins with Rakic attacking Smith with some leg kicks, Smith starts landing some leg kicks of his own. Rakic then nails Smith with a kick to the midsection, Rakic and Smith exchange a plethora of leg kicks. Rakic drops Smith after landing some leg kicks and Rakic lands a few strikes afterwards, Smith scrambles to his feet and he jumps on the back of Rakic. Rakic gets Smith off of him and back onto the ground, Rakic transitions to the half guard position on Smith. Rakic keeps Smith down while landing some ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Rakic

Round Two: The round begins with Rakic attacking Smith with some leg kicks, Rakic also kicks Smith in the midsection. Smith gets Rakic against the cage wall after nailing him with a right, Rakic scores a takedown on Smith and he gets the full guard. Rakic attacks Smith with some ground and pound, Smith tries rolling for some submissions while on his back. Rakic lands a few more strikes on Smith as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Rakic (Overall Score: 20-18 for Rakic)

Round Three: The round begins with Rakic attacking Smith with some leg kicks, Rakic backs up Smith after throws head kicks and knee strikes. Smith goes for a takedown and Rakic winds up in top control as they hit the ground, Rakic attacks Smith with some ground and pound. Rakic gets back control on Smith while landing some knee strikes, Smith tries scrambling and Rakic gets the open guard. Rakic postures up as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Rakic (Final Score: 30-27 for Rakic)

Official Result: #8 Aleksandar Rakic def. #5 Anthony Smith by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

#13 Robbie Lawler vs. #14 Neil Magny

Round One: The round begins with Magny attacking Lawler with some leg kicks, Magny also hits Lawler with a kick to the midsection. Lawler backs up Magny after landing a left to the midsection, Lawler grabs Magny and he gets him against the cage wall. Magny defends against the takedown while attacking Lawler with some strikes, Magny gets standing back control on Lawler while landing more strikes. Magny scores a takedown on Lawler and Lawler scrambles to get top control, Magny gets back up while eating a few strikes from Lawler. Magny gets Lawler against the cage wall while landing a knee strike and elbow strike, Magny scores another takedown on Lawler and he lands a few strikes. Magny attacks Lawler with more strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Magny

Round Two: The round begins with Lawler charging at Magny while swinging away at him, Magny starts landing some leg kicks against Lawler. Magny cracks Lawler with a head kick before getting him up against the cage wall, Magny scores a takedown on Lawler and he gets the half guard. Magny transitions to back control on Lawler, Lawler attacks Magny with a few elbow strikes to the head while defending against submissions. Magny attacks Lawler with some ground and pound, Lawler gets to his feet and Magny cracks him with a series of knee strikes. Magny starts landing some punching combinations against Lawler, Lawler swings at Magny as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Magny (Overall Score: 20-18 for Magny)

Round Three: The round begins with Magny attacking Lawler with some leg kicks, Lawler responds by landing leg kicks of his own. Lawler cracks Magny with a two punch combination, Magny pulls guard and he gets Lawler to the mat below. The referee stands up the fighters for inactivity, the action resumes with Lawler nailing Magny with a four strike combination. Magny scores a takedown on Lawler and he gets back control, Lawler gets back up and Magny gets him against the cage wall. Magny cracks Lawler with a few knee strikes before separating, Magny throws a few kicks to keep Lawler at a distance. Magny then cracks Lawler with a step in knee strike to the face, Magny clinches with Lawler before landing more knee strikes. The fighters separate and Lawler takes a few swings at Magny, Magny peppers Lawler with a ton of jabs as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Magny (Final Score: 30-27 for Magny)

Official Result: #14 Neil Magny def. #13 Robbie Lawler by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

#14 Ji Yeon Kim vs. #14 (Strawweight) Alexa Grasso

Round One: The round begins with Grasso attacking Kim with some leg kicks, Grasso and Kim exchange a few right hooks. Kim cracks a swinging Grasso with a counter left hook, Grasso and Kim also exchange some jabs to the face. Grasso comes forward and she attacks Kim with a combination, Kim continues cracking Grasso with rights. Grasso and Kim get into a few wild striking exchanges, Kim lights up a swinging Grasso with a counter left hook. Kim follows up by cracking Grasso with a straight right, Grasso backs up Kim after landing a multiple strike combination. Grasso also hits Kim with a few kicks to the midsection, Grasso lands a few strikes during an exchange with Kim. Grasso lands one more leg kick on Kim as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Grasso

Round Two: The round begins with Grasso attacking Kim with a variety of kicks, Grasso pops a swinging Kim with a counter right. Kim looks for counter strikes against the swinging Grasso, Kim nails a swinging Grasso with a counter right uppercut. Grasso comes forward and she nails Kim with a left hook, Grasso also starts landing leg kicks against Kim. Kim then cracks Grasso with a two punch combination, Grasso cracks Kim with a right hook during an exchange. Kim comes forward and Grasso attacks her with more combinations, Grasso continuously lands rights against Kim. Grasso then cracks Kim with a series of superman punches, Grasso stuns Kim with a short right to the head. Kim lands a combination on Grasso as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Grasso (Overall Score: 20-18 for Grasso)

Round Three: The round begins with Grasso attacking Kim with some kicks, Grasso and Kim get into a few striking exchanges. Grasso cracks Kim with a counter right hook, Grasso grabs Kim and she gets her against the cage wall for a short time. Kim continues coming forward while swinging away at Grasso, Kim cracks a swinging Grasso with a counter right. Kim gets Grasso against the cage wall after a wild striking exchange, the fighters exchange some strikes while in the clinch. Grasso scores a takedown on Kim and she gets the half guard, Grasso starts attacking Kim with some ground and pound until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Grasso (Final Score: 30-27 for Grasso)

Official Result: #14 (Strawweight) Alexa Grasso def. #14 Ji Yeon Kim by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ricardo Lamas vs. Bill Algeo

Round One: The round begins with Lamas attacking Algeo with some leg kicks, Algeo then hits Lamas with a kick to the midsection. Algeo follows up by nailing Lamas with a knee strike to the midsection, Lamas looks for a standing guillotine on Algeo and Algeo gets free. Algeo and Lamas exchange a series of jabs, Algeo backs up Lamas while landing another knee strike to the midsection. The fighters clinch and exchange some strikes, the fighters separate and Lamas attacks Algeo with a few kicks. Lamas continues coming forward while swinging away at Algeo, Algeo pops Lamas with a front kick to the midsection. Algeo also lands leg kicks of his own against Lamas, Algeo charges at Lamas while throwing a four punch combination. Lamas cracks Algeo with a leg kick followed by a right hook, Algeo lands a striking combo on Lamas that ends with a spinning back kick to the midsection. Algeo backs Lamas into the cage wall while landing a multiple strike combination and the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Algeo

Round Two: The round begins with Lamas attacking Algeo with a variety of kicks, Algeo barely lands a head kick on Lamas. Algeo comes forward and he cracks Lamas with a right, Lamas grabs Algeo and he drags him to the ground. Algeo scrambles and he gets the fight standing again, Algeo continues charging forward and getting into striking exchanges with Lamas. Algeo lands another combo on Lamas that ends with a head kick, Lamas grabs Algeo and he gets him against the cage wall. The fighters exchange some strikes while in the clinch, Lamas goes for a spinning elbow strike as the fighters separate. Algeo stuns a swinging Lamas with a knee strike to the face, Algeo scores a takedown on Lamas and Lamas sweeps him before both fighters get back up. Lamas grabs Algeo and gets him back up against the cage wall, the fighters exchange knee strikes while in the clinch. The fighters separate and Lamas throws some leg kicks, Lamas backs up Algeo while swinging away at him. Lamas lands one more leg kick as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Algeo (Overall Score: 20-18 for Algeo)

Round Three: The round begins with Lamas attacking Algeo with some head kicks, Algeo responds with some kicks of his own. Lamas starts landing some leg kicks and Algeo responds with some of his own, Algeo backs up Lamas with a three punch combination. Lamas grabs Algeo and he gets him up against the cage wall, the fighters exchange some strikes while in the clinch. Lamas scores a takedown on Algeo and he gets the open guard, Lamas attacks Algeo with some ground and pound. Lamas gets back control on a scrambling Algeo and he lands some more strikes, Algeo scrambles to his feet after eating more strikes from Lamas. Lamas gets Algeo back to the ground while gaining back control, Algeo gets up and Lamas gets him back to the ground while regaining back control. Lamas lands a lot of ground and pound on Algeo before gaining the full mount, Lamas lands more strikes on Algeo as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-8 for Lamas (Final Score: 28-28 for Draw)

Official Result: Ricardo Lamas def. Bill Algeo by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Impa Kasanganay vs. Maki Pitolo

Round One: The round begins with Kasanganay attacking Pitolo with some leg kicks, Kasanganay and Pitolo get into a wild striking exchange. Pitolo also lands a few kicks to the midsection of Kasanganay, Pitolo lands a few lefts followed by an uppercut on Kasanganay. Pitolo lands a body kick and counter right on a swinging Kasanganay, Pitolo also starts landing leg kicks against Kasanganay. Kasanganay gets Pitolo against the cage wall after eating another combination, the fighters separate and Kasanganay nails Pitolo with a right to the midsection. Kasanganay backs up Pitolo after landing an overhand right, Pitolo then barely lands a head kick on Kasanganay. Kasanganay backs Pitolo into the cage wall after landing a multiple punch combination, Pitolo recovers and he nails Kasanganay with an uppercut. Kasanganay responds by landing a counter right hook on a swinging Pitolo as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Kasanganay

Round Two: The round begins with Kasanganay popping Pitolo with a short right, Pitolo starts throwing some front kicks against Kasanganay. Kasanganay looks for a takedown after a spinning back fist attempt from Pitolo, Kasanganay comes forward while throwing some overhand rights. Kasanganay and Pitolo start exchanging some jabs, Kasanganay backs Pitolo into the cage wall while swinging away at him. Pitolo recovers and lands a few counter strikes on Kasanganay, Kasanganay grabs Pitolo and he gets him against the cage wall. Pitolo spins Kasanganay and gets him against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Kasanganay lands a left hook. Kasanganay then cracks Pitolo with an overhand left, Kasanganay goes for a clinch before nailing Pitolo with an elbow strike followed by a two punch combination. Kasanganay lands a three punch combo on Pitolo as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Kasanganay (Overall Score: 20-18 for Kasanganay)

Round Three: The round begins with Pitolo cracking Kasanganay with a two punch combination, Kasanganay responds with a left hook on Pitolo. Pitolo lands a left hook followed by a left to the midsection of Kasanganay, Kasanganay lights up Pitolo afterwards with a two punch combo. Kasanganay backs up Pitolo while landing more combinations, Pitolo goes for a high kick and Kasanganay avoids it before landing another combination. Kasanganay keeps Pitolo near the cage wall while swinging away at him, Kasanganay goes for a head kick and Pitolo blocks it. Kasanganay then cracks a swinging Pitolo with a counter overhand right as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Kasanganay (Final Score: 30-27 for Kasanganay)

Official Result: Impa Kasanganay def. Maki Pitolo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Zak Cummings vs. Alessio Di Chirico

Round One: The round begins with Di Chirico landing some leg kicks on Cummings, Cummings and Di Chirico exchange a few lefts. Di Chirico and Cummings also gets into a few striking exchanges, Cummings goes for a head kick and Di Chirico blocks it. Cummings starts landing leg kicks of his own on Di Chirico, Cummings comes forward and Di Chirico pops him with a right hook. Cummings stays at a distance while taking some swings at Di Chirico, Di Chirico cracks Cummings with a looping left. Di Chirico then hits Cummings with a body kick followed by a left as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Di Chirico

Round Two: The round begins with the fighters taking a few swings at each other, Cummings lands some leg kicks against Di Chirico. Di Chirico also starts landing his own leg kicks on Cummings, Cummings backs up Di Chirico while landing a left. Di Chirico comes forward and Cummings nails him with a few more lefts, Cummings goes for a high kick and Di Chirico blocks it. Cummings backs up Di Chirico while throwing an overhand left, Cummings trips up a swinging Di Chirico after throwing a leg kick. Di Chirico and Cummings swing away at each other as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Cummings (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with Cummings cracking Di Chirico with a left followed by some leg kicks, Di Chirico also lands his own leg kicks on Cummings. Cummings also nails Di Chirico with a left to the midsection, Di Chirico cracks a swinging Cummings with a counter left hook. Di Chirico comes forward and Cummings lands a left of his own, Di Chirico nails a swinging Cummings with a counter strike combination. Cummings charges forward and he pops Di Chirico with a left followed by a body kick, Cummings accidentally kicks Di Chirico low and the fight is halted. The fight resumes with Di Chirico cracking Cummings with a right, Cummings responds by landing a counter left on Di Chirico. Di Chirico charges at Cummings while swinging wildly at him, Cummings crushes Di Chirico with a head kick as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Cummings (Final Score: 29-28 for Cummings)

Official Result: Zak Cummings def. Alessio Di Chirico by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Alex Caceres vs. Austin Springer

Round One: The round begins with Springer attacking Caceres with some leg kicks, Caceres stuns Springer with a head kick. Caceres starts landing his own leg kicks against Springer, Springer goes for some spinning attacks against Caceres. Caceres then cracks a kicking Springer with a counter left hook, Caceres backs up Springer after landing a pair of kicks. Caceres again catches a swinging Springer with a counter right, Caceres follows up by nailing Springer with a right to the midsection. Springer goes for a takedown and Caceres defends while getting back control, Caceres locks in a rear naked choke and a tap out follows.

Official Result: Alex Caceres def. Austin Springer by submission via rear naked choke (3:38, R1)

Christian Aguilera vs. Sean Brady

Round One: The round begins with Brady and Aguilera exchanging some leg kicks, Brady lands a few body kicks and a counter left on Aguilera. Brady and Aguilera also exchange a few combinations, Brady continues nailing Aguilera with left hooks. Brady backs up Aguilera after landing a two punch combination, Aguilera eats a few strikes before cracking Brady with a right. Brady scores a takedown on Aguilera and he gets the open guard, Brady transitions to the half guard against Aguilera. Brady attacks Aguilera with some ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Brady

Round Two: The round begins with Brady landing some leg kicks against Aguilera, Brady and Aguilera also exchange some jabs. Brady scores a takedown on a swinging Aguilera and he gets the half guard, Brady scrambles and he gets Aguilera in a guillotine choke and Aguilera goes out cold.

Official Result: Sean Brady def. Christian Aguilera by submission via guillotine choke (1:47, R2)

Polyana Viana vs. Emily Whitmire

Round One: The round begins with Viana attacking Whitmire with some leg kicks, Whitmire looks for the head kick against Viana. Viana cracks a swinging Whitmire with a counter right hook, Whitmire scores a takedown on Viana and she gets side control. Viana eventually gets Whitmire in her full guard, Viana catches Whitmire in an arm bar and a tap out follows.

Official Result: Polyana Viana def. Emily Whitmire by submission via arm bar (1:53, R1)

Hannah Cifers vs. Mallory Martin

Round One: The round begins with Cifers taking some swings at Martin, Martin cracks Cifers with a right hook. Cifers then cracks Martin with a few strikes to the midsection, Cifers pops Martin with a combination after eating a right uppercut. Cifers also starts landing some leg kicks against Martin, Cifers comes in and out while attacking Martin with combinations. Martin responds by cracking Cifers with a two punch combination, Cifers drops Martin with a combination and she pounces on her with more strikes. Martin gets up and Cifers attacks her with a plethora of unanswered strikes, Martin goes for a takedown and Cifers defends while landing more strikes. Martin pulls guard and she gets Cifers to the ground, Cifers slams Martin and she attacks her with more strikes. Cifers gets up and she swings at Martin as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-8 for Cifers

Round Two: The round begins with Martin attacking Cifers with some jabs, Cifers fires back with combinations of her own. Martin grabs Cifers and she gets her up against the cage wall, Martin scores a takedown on Cifers and she immediately lands some strikes. Martin gains the full mount while attacking Cifers with ground and pound, Martin gains back control on a scrambling Cifers and she locks in the rear naked choke to force a tap out.

Official Result: Mallory Martin def. Hannah Cifers by submission via rear naked choke (1:33, R2)

UFC Vegas 8 takes place from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, August 29. Anthony Smith vs. Aleksandar Rakic will headline the card in a clash of ranked light heavyweights. Keep up with Fightful for all your fight night coverage.

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