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 to Glover Teixeira at UFC 267 in October, being submitted via a rear-naked choke in the second round of their Abu Dhabi clash.
The Pole will be eager to claim another title shot as soon as possible and must bounce back against Rakic this weekend.
The Austrian is ranked third in the light heavyweight standings and beat Thiago Santos at UFC 259 in March 2021.
Blachowicz vs Rakic was scheduled to be held earlier this year but the former champion had to pull out due to injury.
Now, they will face off in Las Vegas with Katlyn Chookagian vs Amanda Ribas also on the bill.
Blachowicz vs Rakic: Date and how to follow
This event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 14 and is being held at the UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas.
The prelim action will start at 1am on Sunday morning for UK fans with the main card kicking off at 3am.
Blachowicz vs Rakic can then be expected at around 6am.
The action will be shown on BT Sport 1 and their coverage will start at 00:30am.
talkSPORT will also have all the build-up and reaction to the action throughout fight week.
Blachowicz vs Rakic: Fight card
Subject to change
- 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
- 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
Blachowicz vs Rakic: What has been said?
Aleksandar Rakic: “I’m thinking that he’s gonna come with the extra motivation to our fight and to be a better version, you know.
“To beat a guy even more hungry than before and more willing to get the belt back, it’s gonna be awesome.
“He was already on the top, he knows how it feels. I was never on the top and I was never a champion. So I am much hungrier than him, that I can say.
“I have a great team and we’ve been watching Jan for a while now… he’s a tough guy. He’s from Poland, from this area, guys are really tough.
“He’s coming not to lose, he’s coming for everything. But I am from the same area. I’m the same.
“I’m gonna be right on point to get the W and to secure my title shot.”
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