The UFC returns to its Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada for UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Rakic. The Fight Night event is set to take place this Saturday, May 14, and it features a series of exciting showdowns meant to intrigue fight fans.
At the top of the fight card, former champion and No. 1-ranked contender Jan Blachowicz will take on No. 3-ranked Aleksandar Rakic in a light heavyweight showdown. The outcome of this fight will likely impact the title image of a division currently led by Glover Teixeira.
Another explosive light heavyweight showdown will take the co-main event spot as Ion Cutelaba takes on No. 13 ranked contender Ryan Spann.
Also on the card, Katlyn Chookagian, the No. 1-ranked women’s flyweight, will face Amanda Ribas, the No. 8-ranked strawweight, who returns to the 125-pound division.
The UFC Fight Night main card is set to begin at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT and fans are looking forward to a long night of intense action.
See the full main card for UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Rakic below.
UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic main card fighters
Here’s a list of all the major card fights for this weekend’s UFC Fight Night event:
Jan Blachowicz vs Aleksandar Rakic
Ryan Spann vs. Ion Cutelaba
Davey Grant vs. Louis Smolka
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Amanda Ribas
Frank Camacho vs. Manuel Torres
Jake Hadley vs Allan Nascimento
Jan Blachowicz (28-9) will return to the octagon after dropping the UFC light heavyweight title to Glover Teixeira last October. The former champion will enter the fight as a slight underdog as he seeks a rematch with the defending champion.
Aleksandar Rakic (14-2) was on a perfect 12-fight winning streak before his controversial split decision loss to Volkan Oezdemir in December 2019. The 30-year-old bounced back from that loss by scoring unanimous decision wins over Anthony Smith and Thiago. Santos.
Ryan Spann (19-7) will be looking to rebound from his loss to Anthony Smith last September in the co-main event against Cutelaba. ‘Superman’ is 1-2 in his last three UFC outings.
Ion Cutelaba (16-6) will be looking to pick up his first straight wins in the promotion since 2018. His most recent octagon win was won by Devin Clark via unanimous decision last September.
Davey Grant (13-6) has the opportunity to end his two-fight losing slip at the upcoming UFC Fight Night event. “Dangerous” has lost its last two fights by decision.
Louis Smolka (17-8) has alternated defeats and victories since the start of his UFC tenure. “Da Last Samurai” was finished by Vince Morales in the first round last seen in December.
Katlyn Chookagian (17-4) is riding a three-fight UFC winning streak with her most recent win against Jennifer Maia in January. All of Chookagian’s last three wins have come by decision.
Amanda Ribas (11-2) rebounded from her first UFC loss to Marina Rodriguez with a unanimous decision victory over Virna Jandiroba in October. The Brazilian will now be looking to continue another winning streak when she returns to flyweight at UFC Fight Night this Saturday.
Frank Camacho (22-9) will return to the octagon after nearly two years of inactivity. “The Crank” was last seen in action in June 2020 when he suffered a first-round TKO at the hands of Justin Jaynes. In his fight before this loss, the 32-year-old was submitted by Beneil Dariush in the first round.
Manuel Torres (12-2) will make his promotional debut at the upcoming UFC Fight Night event. ‘El Loco’ got his UFC contract with his first-round TKO win over Kolton Englund in Dana White’s Contender Series 45.
Jake Hadley got his UFC contract with an impressive second-round submission against Mitch Raposo in Dana White’s Contender Series 43. The Briton will now put his 8-0 record on the line when he faces another product of the competition.
Allan Nascimento (18-6) will make his second promotional appearance at UFC Fight Night this weekend after an unsuccessful debut last October against Tagir Ulanbekov. The Brazilian will face a tough challenge as he takes on an undefeated prospect in Jake Hadley.
Watch the UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic bout preview below: