UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic Full Fight Card & Betting Odds
UFC will be returning again to the Apex in Enterprise, Nevada on Saturday, May 14 for the next event on the calendar — UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic.
It’s another loaded card filled with entertaining matchups for a variety of MMA fans and includes plenty of opportunities for bettors to make some cash on the side.
Blachowicz vs. Rakic Clash to Headline UFC Fight Night
The event will be headlined by a light heavyweight bout between former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz and Aleksandar Rakic, who’s been nothing shy of dominant throughout his career.
Nevertheless, there are several matchups worth keeping an eye out for, but it can be hard to keep track of such a big card.
Here’s a look at every matchup for UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic, including the latest betting odds from FanDuel Sportsbook.
UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic Event Details
When is UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic?
UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2022.
Where is UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic?
UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic will take place at UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada.
What time does UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic start?
- UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic Prelims Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Start Time of UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic’s Main Card: 10 p.m. ET
How can I watch UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic?
The preliminary card can either be watched on ESPN2 or ESPN+. When it comes to the main card, that will air both on ESPN and ESPN+ as well.
UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic Main Card and Odds (Odds as of Tuesday, May 10)
The UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic odds listed below are via FanDuel Sportsbook.
UFC Fight Night Main Event: Jan Blachowicz (+160) vs. Aleksander Rakic (-200)
As previously mentioned, the light heavyweight title between Jan Blachowicz (28-9-0) and Aleksander Rakic (14-2-0) will headline the upcoming UFC Fight Night.
The bout was originally slated to take place back in March, but Błachowicz ended up withdrawing as he was dealing with an injury. Nevertheless, better late than never.
MMA fans haven’t seen Błachowicz in the octagon since he lost the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship by submission to Glover Teixeira back at UFC 267. He had won five straight fights before that, making it interesting to see if he can get back on track.
Meanwhile, Rakic has been hard to stop ever since making his UFC debut in September 2017. He’s gone 6-1 since then and has scored back-to-back unanimous decision victories over Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos in his last two fights.
Both Blachowicz (No. 1) and Rakic (No. 3) are top-3 fighters in the light heavyweight division, meaning this bout will likely decide the next No. 1 contender.
UFC Fight Night Co-Main Event: Ryan Spann (+172) vs. Ion Cutelaba (-215)
Fans will be treated to another light heavyweight bout as the UFC Fight Night co-main event as Ryan Spann (19-7-0) goes one-on-one with Ion Cutelaba (16-6-1).
Spann looked great after making his UFC debut in 2018, going 5-0 in his first five fights under the promotion. Unfortunately, he hasn’t had as much look since then, losing two of his last three fights.
Both of Spann’s last two losses have come within the first round of the fight, losing to Johnny Walker by KO and Anthony Smith by submission.
On the other hand, Cutelaba looks to continue his momentum after scoring a unanimous decision victory over Devin Clark in his last outing. He was 1-3-1 in his previous five fights before that victory, so only time will tell if he can continue building himself up.
Bantamweight: Davey Grant (-290) vs. Louis Smolka (+225)
A UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic main card tilt will pit Davey Grant (13-6-0) against Louis Smolka (17-8-0) in bantamweight action.
After a three-fight winning streak, Grant enters this bout after losing back-to-back outings. Both of those losses came by decisions, making it interesting to see if he can bounce back or fall further down the bantamweight rankings.
Despite his recent struggles, Grant is still the favorite over Smolka. The latter has lost three of his last five fights, with each loss coming by submission or KO within the first round.
Women's Flyweight: Katlyn Chookagian (-178) vs. Amanda Ribas (+144)
The lone women’s fight on the main card will be a flyweight tilt between Katlyn Chookagian (17-4-0) and Amanda Ribas (11-2-0).
A loss to Jessica Andrade back in October 2020 certainly put Chookagian on the path to success. The 33-year-old has won three consecutive fights since that loss, defeating Jennifer Maia by unanimous in her last outing back in January.
This fight will mark Ribas’ return to the flyweight division after going 1-1 as a strawweight. She defeated Paige VanZant in her lone UFC flyweight fight, so time will tell if she can have that same success on Friday.
Lightweight: Frank Camacho (+110) vs. Manuel Torres (-134)
This Saturday’s action continues with a lightweight fight between Frank Camacho (22-9-0) and Manuel Torres (12-2-0).
Life has been rough for Camacho lately as he’s lost four of his last five fights, including each of his last two. He’s yet to make it beyond Round 2 since 2018 and it’ll be interesting to see if this is another quick matchup.
It’ll be an uphill battle for Camacho, though, as Torres enters the fight a winner of his last three bouts. He knocked out Kolton Englund in his UFC debut and will be looking for more at the Apex this weekend.
Flyweight: Jake Hadley (-215) vs. Allan Nascimento (+172)
Two flyweights looking to make names for themselves this weekend are Jake Hadley (8-0-0) and Allan Nascimento (18-6-0).
Hadley is undefeated in his MMA career and began his UFC stint with a submission victory over Mitch Raposo back in October. He has the tools to be something special but must prove himself against Nascimento first.
Nascimento is coming off a loss in his own UFC debut, losing by split decision to Tagir Ulanbekov at UFC 267. He’ll need an upset victory over Hadley to prove that he belongs in the promotion.
UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic Preliminary Card and Odds
Women's Flyweight: Viviane Araujo (-105) vs. Andrea Lee (-115)
Fans will witness a women’s flyweight bout between Viviane Araujo (10-3-0) and Andrea Lee (13-5-0) at UFC Fight Night.
Araujo is eyeing a bounce-back victory after losing to Chookagian by unanimous decision in her last fight. On the other hand, Lee looks to win her third straight fight after scoring submission and TKO wins, respectively, over Antonina Shevchenko and Cynthia Calvillo.
Lightweight: Michael Johnson (-142) vs. Alan Patrick (+116)
Michael Johnson (19-17-0) is the favorite in his upcoming lightweight bout against Alan Patrick (15-3-0).
Fans might be a bit shocked by the odds considering how Johnson has lost four straight fights (and seven of his last nine) ahead of this matchup. At the same time, Patrick has lost two of his last three outings, with the third being ruled a no-contest after Mason Jones accidentally poked him in the eye.
Women's Strawweight: Virna Jandiroba (-168) vs. Angela Hill (+136)
Virna Jandiroba (17-3-0) and Angela Hill (13-11-0) will collide in strawweight action as both women are hungry for a victory.
Jandiroba is fresh off a unanimous decision loss to Ribas at UFC 267 and could use the momentum after going 3-3 in her last six outings. Meanwhile, Hill has last four of her last five fights, with each of those bouts going the full distance.
Flyweight: Tatsuro Taira (-260) vs. Carlos Candelario (+205)
Another flyweight bout will see Tatsura Taira (10-0-0) square off against Carlos Candelario (8-1-0).
Making his UFC debut, Taira is an absolute submission machine, making opponents tap or pass out in each of his last three fights. He has a tough opponent in Candelario, who’s looking to rebound following a split decision loss to Victor Altamirano in Week 1 of Dana White’s Contender Series.
Middleweight: Nick Maximov (-450) vs. Andre Petroski (+330)
The undefeated Nick Maximov (8-0-0) looks to continue his dominance against Andre Petroski (7-1-0) in middleweight action.
Maximov has proven that he can win a fight in just about any way, having won three by decision, three by submission and two by TKO. Even though he’s the heavy favorite, Petroski will still give him a challenge after scoring back-to-back wins over Michael Gillmore and Yaozong Hu since joining UFC.
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