At the top of the UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic fight card was a pivotal light heavyweight clash between Aleksandar Rakic and former 205-pound king Jan Blachowicz.
Going into the fight, the momentum was on Rakic’s side as ‘Rocket’ had won his last two fights against Thiago Santos and Anthony Smith. Blachowicz, on the other hand, was coming off a loss to Glover Teixeira at UFC 267. The 39-year-old lost his UFC title in that fight.
Rakic and Blachowicz engaged in a thrilling fight that ended in a TKO victory for the Polish powerhouse in the third round.
The fight remained standing in the first round as the two light heavyweights traded heavy punches against each other. Rakic put his grappling skills to good use in the second round and took Blachowicz to the ground.
Things took an unfortunate turn in the third round, however. ‘Rocket’ suffered a leg injury which caused the fight to be stopped. As a result, Blachowicz was declared the winner of the contest.
UFC Fight Night: Jan Blachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakic - Main Card Results
Jan Blachowicz defeated. Aleksandar Rakic via TKO [knee injury] (1:11 of round 3)
Ryan Spann defeats. Ion Cutelaba by submission [guillotine choke] (2:23 of round 1)
Davey Grant beats. Louis Smolka via KO (0:49 of Round 3)
Katlyn Chookagian won. Amanda Ribas by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Manuel Torres beats. Frank Camacho via TKO (3:27 of Round 1)
Allan Nascimento defeated. Jake Hadley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
UFC Fight Night: Jan Blachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakic - Preliminary Results
Viviane Araujo defeated. Andrea Lee by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Michael Johnson beats. Alan Patrick via KO (3:22 of Round 2)
Virna Jandiroba defeats. Angela Hill by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Tatsuro Taira defeats. Carlos Candelario by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Andre Petroski defeated. Nick Maximov by submission [anaconda choke] (1:16 of round 1)