Jan Blachowicz returns to the Octagon for the first time since losing his UFC light heavyweight title. Will he get back to winning ways at the expense of Aleksandar Rakic at UFC Fight Night?
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Jan Blachowicz v Aleksandar Rakic UFC Fight Night Betting Tips & Predictions
Poland’s Jan Blachowicz will be looking to put in a stellar performance on his return to the Octagon in a bid to get back in the title mix.
Blachowicz, who won the light heavyweight title at UFC 253 with a TKO success over Dominik Reyes, lost his title against Glover Teixeira in his second defence at UFC 267 last October.
Blachowicz was submitted in the second round with a rear-naked choke, and he will be determined to prove that was just a blip and get himself another title opportunity.
The 39-year-old has a professional record of 37 bouts, 28 wins and nine defeats. He has won eight of his wins by knockout, nine by submission and 11 on points – so he is a real all-round fighter and can end you in many ways.
He takes on Austrian Aleksandar Rakic who will be looking to send a statement to the rest of the division that he deserves the next title shot.
Rakic has a professional record of 16 fights, 14 wins and just two defeats. That is an impressive record, and he has victories over Thiago Santos, Anthony Smith and Jimi Manuwa – but this fight will be a huge step up.
Blachowicz has all the experience in this fight, but Rakic is nine years younger and some would say hungrier in terms of how high he wants to climb the ladder of success.
I cannot see Blachowicz getting beat by Rakic. This will be a thrilling encounter, but I am going for the Pole to keep his composure and win this by decision.
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