UFC Vegas 54 airs live from UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday May 14, which makes it Sunday May 15 in the UK and Australia. The main event is a five-round light heavyweight battle between Jan Blachowicz and Aleksandar Rakic.
Former 205-pound champion and No. 1-ranked contender Jan Blachowicz (28-9) last fought in October 2021 when he was submitted by Glover Teixeira in the second round and lost the title. Prior to that he won five bouts in a row, which includes a unanimous decision against Israel Adesanya and the second and first-round stoppage victories over Dominick Reyes and Corey Anderson, respectively.
No. 3-ranked contender Aleksandar Rakic (14-2) is riding the two-win streak. In his previous bout in March 2021 he earned a unanimous decision against Thiago Santos. Before that he similarly defeated Anthony Smith.
The co-main event is a three-round light heavyweight bout between Ryan Spann and Ion Cutelaba. No. 13-ranked Spann (19-7) is looking to rebound from the defeat by submission in the first round suffered last September against Anthony Smith. Cutelaba (16-6-1, 1 NC) won his previous bout by unanimous decision against Devin Clark.
Among other bouts featured on UFC Vegas 54 fight card Davey Grant (13-6) faces Louis Smolka (17-8) at bantamweight, Katlyn Chookagian (17-4) takes on Amanda Ribas (11-2) at women’s flyweight and Frank Camacho (22-9) meets Manuel Torres (12-2) at lightweight. In addition, Jake Hadley (8-0) and Allan Nascimento (18-6) do battle at flyweight.
The full UFC Vegas 54: Blachowicz vs Rakic fight card can be found below.
UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs Rakic card
- 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
- 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