UFC Fight Night best bets, odds


Former light heavyweight champion and number one contender Jan Blahowicz SI Sportsbook (+155) Against an extremely dangerous opponent from Alexsandar Rakić. The third-place competitor didn’t get his rank or most preferred position (-188) for no reason. He is 3-1 in their last 4 games with a convincing decision against division veteran Anthony Smith and Volkan Oezdemir.

A grueling veteran and one of the most probable and most underrated champions in UFC history, Blachowicz hopes a final or overwhelming decision over Rackić will secure his next title opportunity.

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UFC Fight Night: Blahowicz vs. Rackic

date: Saturday 14 May | 10:00 pm EST
location: UFC Apex | Las Vegas, Nevada

Preliminary: 7:30 PM EST

Nick Maximoff (-450) vs Andre Petrowski (+290)
Tyra Tatsuro (-250) vs Carlos Candelario (+205)
Birna Yandirova (-188) vs Angela Hill (+155)
Michael Johnson (-150) vs Alan Patrick (+125)
Vivian Araujo (+100) vs Andrea Lee (-118)

Main Card: 10pm EST

Jake Hadley (-225) vs Alan Nacimento (+188)
Frank Camacho (+105) vs Manuel Torres (-125)
Katlyn Chookagian (-175) vs Amanda Ribas (+145)
Davy Grant (-300) v Louis Smallka (+240)
Ryan Spann (+188) vs Ion Cutelaba (-225)
Jan Blackovic (+155) v Aleksandar Rakić (-188)

Here are the authors’ best choices and analysis of cards.

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Justin Barrasso of SI MMA:

Jan Blachowicz had an iconic run that culminated in winning the light heavyweight title. Since losing to Glover Teixeira, he seems to have lost all momentum. Injuries and mental exhaustion exhausted him … but he still possesses otherworldly powers.

BET: Blachowicz by KO (+450)

John Morgan in the Underground:

I generally prefer to find the underdogs who seem to have a true path to victory, but in Katlyn Chookagian, I’m on the side of the underrated likes of the public. “Blonde Fighter” is the number one contender at 125 pounds and has spent several years at the top echelons of the division. On Saturday, Amanda Ribas gained weight from 115 pounds to face Chookagian and the Brazilian will have to face an opponent who is 6 inches taller and adds 2 inches of reach. Ribas is a talented grappler, but she has to deal with Chookagian’s relentless moves and competent takedown defense. Additionally, Chookagian’s current three-game winning streak has been built against capable and bigger grapplers such as Jennifer Maia, Viviane Araujo and Cynthia Calvillo, who should be in good shape to handle the things to come. I like her Chookagian the most, and if you can find that line of her you will decide her.

BET: Chukagian (-175); Take a look through DEC (+110)

July 22, 2018;  Hamburg, Germany;  Justin Ledet (Red Gloves) fights Aleksander Rakic ​​(Blue Gloves) at UFC Fight Night at BarclayCard Arena.

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I will go with Aleksandar Rakić in the main event. I think a lot of people will want to take Jan Blachowicz as an underdog, but Rakić is rising and Blachowicz is getting injured. It could end early given the style of the fighters involved, but no matter how far away… I take my favourite.

Bet: Rakichi Moneyline (-188)

Julian Pinto from SI Video:

In the main event, Jan Blachowicz is beating Aleksandar Rakić. Rakić does a good job of a landing calf kick, which would be easier to do against Blachowicz, a frequent kicker. Nevertheless, I do think Blachowicz will have a better exchange in the hitting division that I think will win this fight. He sits on his strike and thinks Jan will stop Rakić if he can land a body kick that landed on Dominick Reyes. The reason I think that strategy is important and heavy is because Jan landed a lot of lead leg body kicks on Reyes. A kick with the kind of force he was throwing usually takes longer to land because it requires extra range of motion, whether he’s transitioning into a kick or stepping into a kick. If you’re fighting a southpaw and fighting right-handed like Jan, the general idea is to kick with your hind legs to hit a more exposed part of your body. In the match against Dom Reyes, the kick mark of Reyes was on the right side, which theoretically avoids kicking. You’re in a good position to hold the southpaw with your lead hand and block that strike. Rakić changes positions from time to time, but mainly fights right-handed. If he can kick in the same way Jan did against Reyes and shoot and attack the same kind of shot at weaker parts of his body, I think he’ll finish Rakić.

BET: Blahowiz via KO (+450)

Doug Vazquez from SI Video:

Get excited about the main event featuring two dangerous fighters from Blachowicz and Rakić. Former lightweight champion Jan lost his strap last October through a massive submission from Glover Texeira. This Polish puncher has been somewhat rude throughout his UFC career and sees himself as a dog here. He is entering the twilight of his career and is facing a younger, more athletic fighter, Rakić. I’m going to take some very nice plus money for my favorite Rakić on the money line to finish the ex-champion. Also looking at under 3.5 rounds for sprinkles at +110.

BET: Rakich over KO (+180); View under 3.5 rounds (+110)

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