Rakic (14-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who brutally knocked out and retired Manuwa (17-6 MMA, 6-6 UFC) with a perfect head kick during their light heavyweight bout in June 2019, said he was minding his own business when leaving the card at The O2 when he crossed paths with his former foe, who allegedly attacked him.
Sunday, Rakic posted on social media and gave his account of what he says happened, while also reminding Manuwa of what happened when they were locked in the octagon for real.
“Jimi Manuwa, you piece of sh*t,” Rakic said in a Twitter video. “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 has yet to respond to the claims from Rakic. The Brit has not competed since the pair fought more than three years ago. “Poster Boy” ended his career on a four-fight skid, and while he’s teased combat sports comebacks over the years, the 42-year-old has yet to return.
Rakic is coming off a main event loss to Jan Blachowicz at UFC on ESPN 36 in May. The fight ended when Rakic suffered a knee injury that prevented him from continuing, and he’s since been recovering from surgery in anticipation of a key 205-pound bout in his return.
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