Jan Blachowicz vs Aleksandar Rakic ​​LIVE: UK start time, full fight card, live stream and how to follow the former UFC champion’s return to the Octagon


Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz will return to the Octagon this weekend as he takes on Aleksandar Rakic.

Blachowicz lost his world gold medal to Glover Teixeira at UFC 267 in October, submitting via a rear-naked choke in the second round of their Abu Dhabi clash.

Blachowicz will be in action against Rakic ​​this weekend
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The Pole will be eager to claim another title shot as soon as possible and needs to bounce back against Rakic ​​this weekend.

The Austrian is ranked third in the light heavyweight rankings and defeated Thiago Santos at UFC 259 in March 2021.

Blachowicz vs Rakic ​​was supposed to take place earlier this year but the former champion had to pull out due to injury.

Now they will square off in Las Vegas with Katlyn Chookagian vs. Amanda Ribas also headlined.

Blachowicz vs Rakic: Date and how to follow

This event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 14 and will be held at the UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas.

Preliminary action will kick off at 1am on Sunday morning for UK fans with the main card kicking off at 3am.

Blachowicz vs Rakic ​​can then be expected around 6am.

The action will air on BT Sport 1 and their coverage will begin at 12.30am.

talkSPORT will also have all the preparation and reaction to the action throughout the fight week.


Jan Blachowicz vs Aleksandar Rakic ​​LIVE: UK start time, full fight card, live stream and how to follow the former UFC champion's return to the Octagon
Blachowicz is a former UFC light heavyweight champion
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Blachowicz vs. Rakic: Fight Card

Subject to change

Main board

  • Main Event: Jan Blachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakic
  • Ryan Spann vs. Ion Cuțelaba
  • Davey Grant vs. Louis Smolka
  • Katlyn Chookagian vs. Amanda Ribas
  • Frank Camacho vs. Manuel Torres
  • Jake Hadley vs Allan Nascimento

Preliminary map

  • Viviane Araujo vs. Andrea Lee
  • Michael Johnson vs. Alan Patrick
  • Virna Jandiroba vs. Angela Hill
  • Tatsuro Taira vs. Carlos Candelario
  • Nick Maximov vs Andre Petroski
Jan Blachowicz vs Aleksandar Rakic ​​LIVE: UK start time, full fight card, live stream and how to follow the former UFC champion's return to the Octagon
Blachowicz and Rakic ​​will face off at the UFC APEX center
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Blachowicz vs Rakic: What was said?

Aleksandar Rakic: “I think he’s going to come with extra motivation for our fight and to be a better version, you know.

“Beating a guy who is even hungrier than before and more willing to win the belt back is going to be great.

“He was already at the top, he knows how it feels. I’ve never been on top and I’ve never been a champion. So I’m much hungrier than him, I can say.

“I’ve got a great team and we’ve been watching Jan for a while now…he’s a badass. He comes from Poland, from this region, the guys are really tough.

“He doesn’t come to lose, he comes for everything. But I’m from the same area. I’m the same.

“I’m going to be on the verge of getting the W and securing my title shot.”

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