UFC Fight Night Predictions — Jan Blachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakic: Fight Map, Odds, Start Time, Live Stream

On Saturday night, former light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz returns to the Octagon for the first time since losing his title when he takes on Aleksandar Rakic. The two men meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Blachowicz stormed to the top of the light heavyweight pack when Jon Jones’ planned move to heavyweight and exit from the 205-pound championship left the division without a top dog. Blachowicz followed up a knockout of Corey Anderson with a dominant one-sided stoppage by Dominick Reyes to win the vacant title.

After an impressive performance in fending off middleweight champion Israel Adesanya’s bid to become a two-division champion, Blachowicz looked set to face a long reign as light heavyweight king. Then came a UFC 267 clash with Glover Teixeira last October, a fight that saw Blachowicz finish in the second round as 42-year-old Teixeira took the championship.

Blachowicz was set for a pretty quick turnaround as he was set to fight Rakic ​​in January. Blachowicz then suffered a neck injury that prevented him from feeling or moving the left side of his body, forcing the fight to be postponed for several months.

“It was scary,” Blachowicz told MMA Fighting. “You don’t know what happened. You can’t move your left hand. It was a weird feeling for me. A new thing, a scary thing.”

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

Since joining the promotion in 2017, Rakic ​​has racked up a 6-1 record in the Octagon. The only loss at the time came by split decision from former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir, a result many in the MMA world disagreed at the time. Without that loss, Rakic ​​might have already had a shot at the championship.

Adding a win over Blachowicz after consecutive wins against former title challengers Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos may just be the thing Rakic ​​needs to land in a title fight by the end of 2022.

Here’s the fight card for UFC Fight Night with the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

UFC Fight Night Card, Odds

Aleksandar Rakic ​​-195

Jan Blachowicz +165

light heavyweight

Ion Cuzelaba -240

Ryan Spann +200

light heavyweight

Davey Grant -310

Louis Smolka +250

bantamweight

Katlyn Chookagian -190 Amanda Ribas +160 Women’s Flyweight
Manuel Torres -125 Frank Camacho +105 lightweight
Jake Hadley -220 Allan Nascimento +180 flyweight

Information on how to watch UFC Fight Night

Date: May 14 | Start time: 10pm ET
Place: UFC Apex — Las Vegas
TV channel: ESPN2 Flow: ESPN+

Forecast

Jan Blachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakici: Blachowicz had a very bad night against Teixeira, I can’t ignore that. But against Anderson, Reyes and Adesanya he was excellent. Rakic ​​has been consistent and solid against somewhat mediocre competition and just three fights away from not clearing a win against Uzdemir. The odds here feel like an overreaction to Blachowicz falling far short on a night that felt like sheer destiny for great success. A Rakic ​​win is far from out of the question, but Blachowicz has beaten better fighters than Rakic ​​and defeated them more convincingly. Until I see evidence that Rakic ​​is the better fighter, my instincts tell me to follow Blachowicz at an underdog price. Choice: Jan Blachowicz via UD

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