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UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs Rakic Picks, Predictions, Odds

Written by: Ryan Bristlon
Updated October 14, 2022
12 min read
  • A former champion returns for the first time since losing his title
  • The co-main event also sees a clash of light heavyweights
  • The main event was rescheduled from March 26

UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs Rakic

The odds for this match are provided by the FanDuel sportsbook. Click on the odds below to head to FanDuel to place a bet.

Fighter Odds
Jan Blachowicz +164
Aleksandar Rakic -205
Fighter Odds
Ryan Spann +184
Ion Cutelaba -230
Fighter Odds
Davey Grant -310
Louis Smolka +240
Fighter Odds
Katlyn Chookagian -176
Amanda Ribas +142
Fighter Odds
Frank Camacho +110
Manuel Torres -134
Fighter Odds
Jake Hadley -230
Allan Nascimento +184

UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs Rakic Picks & Predictions

Jan Blachowicz vs Aleksandar Rakic – Light heavyweight division

Jan Blachowicz (+164)

Ryan Spann vs Ion Cutelaba – Light heavyweight division

Ryan Spann (+184)

Davey Grant vs Louis Smolka – Bantamweight division

Louis Smolka (+240)

Katlyn Chookagian vs Amanda Ribas – Women’s flyweight division

Katlyn Chookagian (-176)

Frank Camacho vs Manuel Torres – Lightweight division

Manuel Torres (-134)

Jake Hadley vs Allan Nascimento – Flyweight division

Jake Hadley (-230)

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Ufc Fight Night Blachowicz Vs Rakic

Jan Blachowicz vs Aleksandar Rakic – Light heavyweight division

Jan Blachowicz TALE OF THE TAPE Aleksandar Rakic
39 Age 30
6 ft. 2 in. Height 6 ft. 5 in.
78 in. Reach 78 in.
28-9 Record 14-2

On Saturday night, former light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz will have his first fight since losing his title to Glover Teixeira last October at UFC 267.

Still ranked as number-one in the division, the Polish fighter will take on Aleksandar Rakic, who is currently ranked as the third-best light heavyweight in the division.

Rakic has won his last two fights in a row, including a unanimous decision win over former title challenger Thiago Santos last March at UFC 259.

Rakic will be the taller fighter but both men will have an equal reach. Rakic has the edge with the oddsmakers, coming in at -205.

To find out how to place your bets for this UFC on ESPN main event, check out our ultimate UFC betting guide to get started.

Ryan Spann vs Ion Cutelaba – Light heavyweight division

Ryan Spann TALE OF THE TAPE Ion Cutelaba
30 Age 28
6 ft. 5 in. Height 6 ft. 1 in.
81.5 in. Reach 75 in.
19-7 Record 16-6-1, 1 no-contest

The light heavyweight division gets featured in the co-main event as well this Saturday night.

1-2-1 over his last four fights, Ion Cutelaba is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Devin Clark last September.

His opponent, Ryan Spann, has gone 2-2 over his last four fights and most recently found himself tapping out to Anthony Smith in the first-round of their fight last September.

Spann will stand taller by four-inches and will also boast a 6.5-inch reach advantage.

However it is Cutelaba who comes in as the -230 favorite.

Davey Grant vs Louis Smolka – Bantamweight division

Davey Grant TALE OF THE TAPE Louis Smolka
36 Age 30
5 ft. 8 in. Height 5 ft. 9 in.
69 in. Reach 68 in.
13-6 Record 17-8

At -310, English fighter Davey Grant is the biggest betting favorite on the main card despite the fact that he has lost back-to-back fights against Marlon Vera and Adrian Yanez.

Louis Smolka is 3-3 over his last six fights and is coming off of a first-round KO loss to Vince Morales last December.

Grant will be one-inch shorter than Smolka but will have a one-inch advantage in reach.

Katlyn Chookagian vs Amanda Ribas – Women’s flyweight division

Katlyn Chookagian TALE OF THE TAPE Amanda Ribas
33 Age 28
5 ft. 9 in. Height 5 ft. 4 in.
68 in. Reach 66 in.
17-4 Record 11-2

In what could definitely steal the show as fight of the night, former title challenger Katlyn Chookagian looks to win her fourth fight in a row against Brazilian fan-favorite Amanda Ribas.

Chookagian won her third unanimous decision in a row against Jennifer Maia this past January.

Ribas had a five-fight winning streak snapped last January but bounced back in her most recent bout – earning a unanimous decision over Virna Jandiroba last October at UFC 267.

Chookagian has a sizable five-inch height advantage as well as a two-inch advantage in reach. She is a former title challenger and a -176 favorite to win Saturday night.

Frank Camacho vs Manuel Torres – Lightweight division

Frank Camacho TALE OF THE TAPE Manuel Torres
32 Age 27
5 ft. 10 in. Height 5 ft. 10 in.
73 in. Reach 73.5 in.
22-9 Record 12-2

Manuel Torres was riding back-to-back wins when he appeared on the Contender Series last October.

On the show he defeated Kolton Englund via first-round TKO and this Saturday will mark his UFC debut.

Frank Camacho has seven UFC fights under his belt but his promotional record sits at a lowly 2-5. He is currently on a two-fight losing streak that most recently saw him lose via first-round TKO to Justin Jaynes in 2020.

Both men stand at equal height with Torres having the slightest half-inch reach advantage.

Jake Hadley vs Allan Nascimento – Flyweight division

Jake Hadley TALE OF THE TAPE Allan Nascimento
25 Age 30
5 ft. 7 in. Height 5 ft. 9 in.
68 in. Reach 69.5 in.
8-0 Record 18-6

English fighter Jake Hadley will be making his UFC debut this weekend after securing a second-round submission win last October on the Contender Series.

Allan Nascimento will be making his second UFC appearance – having lost his UFC debut last October at UFC 267 via split-decision.

Nascimento will stand 1.5-inches taller and will also have a 1.5-inch reach advantage over Hadley.

However it is Hadley who will kick off the main card as a -230 favorite.

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How to Watch UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs Rakic

UFC Fight Night Information
Event UFC on ESPN: Blachowicz vs Rakic
Location UFC Apex, Enterprise, Nevada
Time Saturday, May 14, 8PM
How to watch ESPN, ESPN+, TSN
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