UFC Vegas 54 Prophecies – Fighting MMA

Jan Blachowicz is without a doubt the most unpredictable hero in UFC history. Is it possible to run high again?

The No. 4 light heavyweight in MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings gets a chance to prove that he is still a rival when he fights No. 6 Aleksandar Rakic ​​at the UFC Vegas 54 event on Saturday. This marks Blachowicz’s first fight since losing his title to Glover Teixeira in October and although it may be easy to count him at 39, he has made his mark on the battles fought between Israel Adesanya, Dominick Reyes, and Corey Anderson. not so far back.

Not that Blachowicz’s summary should have a single component for Rakic. Aside from the fragmentary division of Volkan Oezdemir’s controversial election, the Austrian 205er has been seen around the world as a definite opponent and a major victory against Blachowicz will push his case to the next in the upcoming UFC 275 race between them. Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka. Rakic ​​has already defeated his former rivals and is now getting his chance to bring out the former champion.

In other big games, lightweight Ryan Spann and Ion Cutelaba meet last night in the final battle, bantamweight fighters Davey Grant and Louis Smolka clash, UFC headliner Katlyn Chookagian fights strawweight opponent Amanda Ribas in flyweight bout, Frank Camacho is back. from nearly two years away from fights with new heavyweight Manuel Torres, and flyweight Jake Hadley makes his UFC debut against Allan Nascimento.

What: UFC Vegas 54

Onde: UFC APEX in Las Vegas

When: Saturday, May 14. The first five-card card starts at ESPN and ESPN + at 7:30 pm ET, followed by the sixth major card on ESPN2 and ESPN + at 10 pm ET.

(Parent numbers show internal standing MMA Fighting Global Rankings)

Jan Blachowicz (4) vs. Aleksandar Rakic ​​(6)

Of course, Jan Blachowicz can no longer surprise us all.

I’m very bad at monitoring Blachowicz ‘fights (in his last six appearances, I have accurately predicted that he will beat Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza), but I boldly oppose him. In Rakic, he has a nine-year-old foe who is doing well physically and mentally.

Rakic ​​has worked hard to prove his point after joining the UFC with an impressive professional record. He uses his clear 6-foot-5 frame to create combat resistance while threatening to shoot at any moment. Fans may not like the tight form they use when they walk in the top 10 on the board, but Rakic ​​wins the fight and doesn’t hurt too much.

I think Rakic’s maturity is what he needs to get past Blachowicz, a versatile fighter who enjoys good pieces. Blachowicz knows his best chance to beat young Rakic ​​and pull him into his fight, get him out of his comfort zone, and test him out as a competitor.

I’m sure Rakic ​​has a chance to hit the title soon, so I hope he’ll get rid of this hump and do amazing things. Rakic ​​is the second knockout.

Choose: Rakic

Ryan Spann vs. Ion Cutelaba

First of all, let’s be clear, this is not a major event approved by Alexander K. Lee. No fighter was chosen (Katlyn Chookagian and Amanda Ribas should have been given the position, as appropriate), no definition of rival, and no skin name in any sense. That said, it is an exciting fight to lead us to a great event!

The reason Ryan Spann and Ion Cutelaba were detained in this place is because of the potential for a tasty, tasty mess and I hope they will provide. Spann will meet Cutelaba in the middle and throw his arms around him, so watch out for both men to eat a hard shot. Cutelaba will take the first blood with rock Spann, but “Superman” must have the metal to stay in the fight.

I often don’t like to explicitly explain this, but I can’t shake a cut of Cutelaba, run to finish, run a head in Spann’s hands, and be delivered through the guillotine nose. It would be Cutelaba’s way too much to win this battle.

Choose: length

Davey Grant Vs. Louis Smolka

This one may end up in the original or be a Fight of the Night front runner and I rely on the former. There’s a strong chance that Davey Grant and Louis Smolka will add a bantamweight barnburner to the list that grows bigger every year, but I love Grant to finish here.

We cannot say for sure how talented Smolka is and how frustrating the results can sometimes be. He is the last of the elite whose cruelty can overcome him and we have seen him suffer in the first race in recent years. Grant is a great winner for him, as well as another opponent who can quickly get rid of him.

Grant has been a thrill to watch since he adopted the style of free play, but I predict he will undermine his submissive skills in vain for this. Just like people do gymnastics, it’s a lot of fun at the club and sub them, so look to Grant to end the fight after a hard opening and grab Smolka from the stand. From there, he will cut his neck and force the first tap.

Choose: Grant

Katlyn Chookagian (3) vs. Amanda Ribas (8, SW)

It is interesting that Amanda Ribas decided to take this as a permanent battle after missing out on a chance to meet Michelle Waterson in March, but there is nothing exciting about a fight against Katlyn Chookagian as a Brazilian cheerful cheerleader soon. He is abandoning his Chookagian size, which can make it harder for him to meet his challenges and come up with his own best way to take away the frustration.

Chookagian stumbled into similar situations a few years earlier when he welcomed Jessica Andrade to the flyweight division, but Ribas does not have Andrade’s dangerous powers or the only body needed to harass Chookagian. I see this happening a lot like a Chookagian fight where he uses his form to upset Ribas and show him off.

If Ribas is able to stop the war for a long time, it is a different matter, but Chookagian faced many challenges and outside of Valentina Shechenko no one pressured her in this way. This should be another win for the best 125-pound division guard.

Choose: Chookagian

Frank Camacho vs. Manuel Torres

Let’s applaud Frank Camacho, who has relapsed into a car accident that left him out of the UFC 263 dispute with Matt Frevola last June. It’s been two years since we saw “The Crank” demolished and he’s a lot of fun to watch.

Singing is hard here because Camacho has a much better chance than Manuel Torres, 27, the latest Contender Series from Mexico. However, Torres appeared to be the protagonist of his three-game winning streak, proving that he knew how to use his form well when he hit and distracted his opponents from giving up. He also has a strong sense of humor, which can help him if he decides to use a highly competitive gaming system.

Camacho will be the first to tell you that he has a frustrated mind, often giving up any fighting strategy when his enemy is in his heavy arms, He can defeat Torres as soon as he is tempted more than Torres is. experience so far. But I trust Torres to stay calm, improve his distance, and eventually hurt Camacho with a bruise before he finishes the floor.

Choose: platform

Jake Hadley Vs. Allan Nascimento

UFC president Dana White has slammed the neck of former Cage Warriors champion Jake Hadley for allegedly missing a body and allegedly insulting government officials in October before reaching the Contender Series. Now is the time for Hadley to reward that faith.

There is a reason why the undefeated Hadley is one of the most anticipated in the UK. The name of his game against Allan Nascimento will be stressful, stressful, stressful.

Nascimento brings great growth in the flyweight division as well as submissive skills. Fighting on his back did not result in a win for him on his most recent tour against Tagir Ulanbekov, but he made Ulanbekov work to find a split decision and he could easily catch Hadley and win the new UFC.

As long as Hadley is smart and consistent with his approach on Saturday, he could be compared to Ulanbekov’s career. You want to see him destroy his feet before he forces himself to act on the ground, but Nascimento can’t give him a chance. However, I do love Hadley to make a definite decision even though this may not be a testament to his skill.

Choose: Hadley


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