UFC Fight Night Predictions — Jan Blahowicz vs Aleksandar Rakic: Fight Cards, Odds, Start Times, Live Stream


On Saturday night, former light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz returns to the Octagon for the first time after losing his title in a fight against Aleksandar Rakic. The two meet at the main event of UFC Fight Night at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Blachowicz made it to the top of the light heavyweight pack when the division left the league without a top dog due to Jon Jones’ planned heavyweight move and a vacancy in the 205 pound championship. Blachowicz followed a knockout by Corey Anderson with an overwhelming one-sided strike from Dominick Reyes to secure a vacant title.

After middleweight champion Israel Adesanya did an impressive job thwarting an attempt to become a second division champion, Blachowicz looked set to have a long reign as the light heavyweight king. Then there was a UFC 267 clash with Glover Teixeira last October.

Blachowicz was due to fight Rakic ​​in January, so they prepared a fairly quick turnaround. Blachowicz then suffered a neck injury that prevented him from touching or moving his left body, which delayed the fight for months.

“I was scared,” Blahowicz told MMA Fighting.. “You don’t know what happened. I can’t move my left hand. It felt strange to me. It was new, it was scary.”

Rakic ​​is a dangerous opponent and one who has remained quiet for years as one of the better fighters in the UFC light heavyweight division.

Since joining Promotions in 2017, Rakic ​​has a 6-1 record in the Octagon. The only defeat at the time was a split decision for former title contender Volkan Oezdemir, a result that many in the MMA world at the time did not agree with. Had it not been for that loss, Rakic ​​would have already had a chance at the championship.

Adding victories over Blachowicz after back-to-back victories over former title contenders Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos could mean Rakic ​​has to land in a title fight by the end of 2022.

Here are the fight cards from UFC Fight Night with the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

UFC Fight Night cards, odds

Aleksandar Rakić -195

Jan Blakovitz +165

cruiser

Ion Kusherava -240

Lion Span +200

cruiser

Davy Grant -310

Lewis Small Car +250

bantamweight

Catelyn Chukagian -190 Amanda Rivas +160 women’s flyweight
Manuel Torres -125 Frank Camacho +105 lightweight
Jake Hadley -220 Alan Nacimento +180 flyweight

UFC Fight Night Watch Information

date: May 14 | Start time: 10:00 pm EST
location: UFC Apex — Las Vegas
Television channels: ESPN2 | brook: ESPN+

prediction

Jan Vlakovich vs. Aleksandar Rakić: Blachowicz had a very bad night against Teixeira. There is no way. But against Anderson, Reyes and Adesanya he excelled. Rakic ​​was consistent and solid against a rather mid-level rivalry, with only three fights removed from failing to provide a clear rationale for a win over Oezdemir. Here, odds feel like an overreaction to Blachowicz’s coming too short on a night that felt like the sheer fate of a great man in history. Rakic’s victory is unquestioned, but Blachowicz beat a better fighter than Rakic ​​and won more convincingly. Until I see evidence that Rakic ​​is a better fighter, my instincts say keep Blahowicz at an underdog price. Choice: Jan Blahowicz via UD



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