UFC Vegas 54: Jan Błachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakic live results.
A pivotal light heavyweight matchup will go down in the main event of UFC Vegas 54, as former champion Jan Blachowicz meets rising contender Aleksandar Rakic.
This marks Blachowicz’s first fight since losing the light heavyweight championship to Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 267 in October.
Prior to the loss, Blachowicz had won five straight and nine of 10, with five performance bonuses and one Fight of the Night. He claimed the UFC light heavyweight title with a win over Dominick Reyes at UFC 253. In his only successful title defense, he ended the undefeated record of UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in their superfight at UFC 259.
Rakic has lost just twice in his MMA career, which includes a current 6-1 Octagon record. After highlight finishes of Devin Clark and Jimi Manuwa, Rakic dropped a controversial split decision to Volkan Oezdemir. Since then, however, he’s earned decision victories over former title challengers Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos, the latter coming at UFC 259 last year.
Main Card (ESPN2/ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
- Jan Blachowicz defeated Aleksandar Rakic via TKO, Round 3 – 1:11
- Ryan Spann defeated Ion Cutelaba via submission (guillotine), Round 1 – 2:22
- Davey Grant defeated Louis Smolka via KO, Round 3 – 0:49
- Katlyn Chookagian defeated Amanda Ribas via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Manuel Torres defeated Frank Camacho via TKO, Round 1 – 3:27
- Allan Nascimento defeated Jake Hadley via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Preliminary Card (ESPN2/ESPN+, 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT)
- Viviane Araújo defeated Andrea Lee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
- Michael Johnson defeated Alan Patrick via KO, Round 2 – 3:22
- Virna Jandiroba defeated Angela Hill via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
- Tatsuro Taira defeated Carlos Candelario via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
- Andre Petroski defeated Nick Maximov via submission (anaconda choke), Round 1 – 1:16