Rakic suffered an unfortunate knee injury in the third round of Saturday’s UFC Vegas 54 main event and Blachowicz capitalized to pick up a TKO victory under unfortunate circumstances. This was Blachowicz’s first fight since losing the UFC light heavyweight title to Glover Teixeira at UFC 267 last October, and he has now won six of his past seven fights.
With the win, Blachowicz remains in position to challenge for the title again, as he held onto the No. 4 spot at 205 pounds in MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings.
Blachowicz and the rest of the light heavyweight division will have to wait to see what happens between Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka at UFC 275 on June 11, but for now there was plenty to say about Saturday’s headliner and the rest of the evening’s action.
Check out the comments from the pros below.
Jan Blachowicz def. Aleksandar Rakic
ACL I bet. Unfortunate for Rakic. Good fight bu both guys to that point.— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) May 15, 2022
Shang— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) May 15, 2022
Ughhhh hate to see a fight end like that there’s so many ways to get hurt in a fight— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) May 15, 2022
Ehhhhhhhhh— Billy Quarantillo (@BillyQMMA) May 15, 2022
Seeing someone else blow their knee out worst thing honestly #UFCVegas54— Casey Oneill (@kingcaseymma) May 15, 2022
Jan fighting like he wants that belt back— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) May 15, 2022
Great first round !!! Great fight !! Think Jan took that. Beautiful low kicks #UFCVegas54— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) May 15, 2022
@Superman_Spann okay I’ll admit your guillotine is better… for now. Congratulations my brother— Ramiz Brahimaj (@170Ramiz) May 15, 2022
Signature guilLotine— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) May 15, 2022
Wooow— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) May 15, 2022
Fun flyweight fights tonight!!!— Lauren Murphy (@LaurenMurphyMMA) May 15, 2022
Ippon— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) May 15, 2022
Great fight— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) May 15, 2022
Fun flyweight action here from the ladies #UFCVegas54— Alex Chambers (@alexchambersmma) May 15, 2022
Another flyweight banger, exciting to see Hadley, if he win he should face Taira— マネル・ケイプ Manel Kape (@ManelKape) May 15, 2022
But Nascimento is experience and dangerous, let’s see … #ufcvegas54
Really enjoyed watching those grappling exchanges between Hadley and Nascimento. #ufcsomething— Lando Vannata (@GroovyLando) May 15, 2022