Jan Blachowicz vs Aleksandar Rakic UFC fight info, date and time
Jan Blachowicz vs Aleksandar Rakic is set to go down at UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Rakić at 9:30pm EST on Saturday 14th May 2022 in a 205lbs matchup.
Jan Blachowicz is coming off a defeat to Glover Teixeira in his second title defense at UFC 267.
Aleksandar Rakic is riding a two-fight winning streak after a decision victory over Thiago Santos in March 2021.
Jan Blachowicz vs Aleksandar Rakic betting odds
Aleksandar Rakic will be the betting favorite with opening odds of -150.
Jan Blachowicz is the betting underdog with opening odds of +135.
Jan Blachowicz vs Aleksandar Rakic was first reported on April 4th.
These two were booked to headline UFC Columbus on March 26th but were rescheduled for May 14th.
This five-round main event will be contested at 205lbs.
Jan Blachowicz lost the UFC Light Heavyweight belt after suffering a second-round submission defeat to current champion Glover Teixeira.
The Pole had been riding a five-fight winning streak and won the belt with a devastating knockout win over Dominick Reyes in September 2020.
Aleksandar Rakic bounced back from a narrow loss to Volkan Oezdemir with two convincing decision wins over Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos.
Rakic is 6-1 since making his UFC debut in 2017. He holds notable stoppage wins over Devin Clark and Jimi Manuwa.
How they match up
Aleksandar Rakic is the taller man at 6”4 compared to Blachowicz who is 6”2. However, both men will have an identical 78-inch reach.
Rakic is much younger than his opponent at 30 years old, while Jan Blachowicz is 39.
The stats show that Aleksandar Rakic has a greater striking output than his opponent with 4.23 significant strikes per 15 minutes. The Serb also absorbs fewer strikes and has a superior TD defense of 90%.
Reasons to watch
This five-round main event is a fantastic matchup in the UFC 205lbs division. Both of these fighters are extremely well-rounded and possess knockout power.
Rakic has utilized his grappling in recent fights to grind out a victory but will find it tough to dominate Blachowicz on the ground.
Expect a stand-up war with either man capable of shutting the lights out.
This fight matches up #1 and #3 in the UFC Light Heavyweight Division, so the implications are huge for the division.
Aleksandar Rakic is almost certain to earn himself a shot at the belt with a victory. The same can probably be said for Blachowicz, who would likely face the winner of Teixeira vs Prochazka at UFC 275.
Jan Blachowicz vs Aleksandar Rakic predictions
The oddsmakers’ predictions have Aleksandar Rakic as the slight favorite with opening betting odds of -150.
Former UFC fighter Dan Hardy made his prediction:
“I think the longer it goes, the more it favors Jan. It’s more familiar for Jan to work over five rounds.”
On the contrary, MMA reporter James Lynch predicted a decision victory for Aleksandar Rakic.
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Jan Blachowicz vs Aleksandar Rakic tale of the tape
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Jan Błachowicz fighter profile and recent form
Jan Błachowicz is a 39 year old male fighter from Poland with 28 pro wins and 9 losses. See Jan Błachowicz’s full MMA record.
Jan Błachowicz has a 61% finish rate, including 8 by knockout, 9 by submission, 11 by decision.
Jan Błachowicz is looking to get back to winning ways after a loss at the hands of Glover Teixeira at UFC 267: Błachowicz vs. Teixeira.
Last 5 bouts
|UFC 267||2021-10-30||Light Heavyweight||UFC|
|UFC 259||2021-03-06||Light Heavyweight||UFC|
|UFC 253||2020-09-26||Light Heavyweight||UFC|
|UFC on ESPN+ 25||2020-02-15||Light Heavyweight||UFC|
|UFC on ESPN+ 22||2019-11-16||Light Heavyweight||UFC|
Who is fighting tonight in the UFC?
Jan Blachowicz vs Aleksandar Rakic is set to go down at UFC Fight Night – Błachowicz vs. Rakić. The fight is expected to start at around 9:30pm EST on Saturday 14th May 2022.
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