Blachowicz enters his fifth consecutive five-round bout, while Rakic is set to take part in his second main event inside the octagon.
In his most recent appearance, Blachowicz was unseated as 205-pound champion by Glover Teixeira at UFC 267 in October. Prior to that, the No. 4 ranked fighter in MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings won five straight, including capturing the title from Dominick Reyes at UFC 253 in September 2020, and picking up a successful title defense against current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 259 in March 2021.
Rakic enters the bout a winner of two straight, and 14 of 15. The No. 6 ranked 205-pounder in MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings will look for his seventh octagon victory, with his lone promotional loss coming via controversial split decision at UFC on ESPN+ 23 in December 2019.
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