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Current rankings @ Light Heavyweight
When is Blachowicz vs Rakic?
Jan Blachowicz will face Aleksandar Rakic during the main card of UFC 297, on Saturday 20th January 2024 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
The fight will be contested over 3 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which means the weight limit will be 205 pounds (14.6 stone or 93 KG).
Blachowicz vs Rakic stats
Jan Blachowicz steps into the octagon with a record of 29 wins, 10 loses and 1 draw, 9 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 9 by submission.
Aleksandar Rakic will make his way to the cage with a record of 14 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 9 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggest Rakic has a massive power advantage over Blachowicz, boosting at 64% knock out percentage over Blachowicz's 31%.
If the fight goes to the ground, their records suggest Blachowicz will have a large advantage over Rakic, boasting at 31% submission rate over Rakic's 7%.
Jan Blachowicz is the older man by 9 years, at 40 years old.
Rakic has a height advantage of 2 inches over Blachowicz. Despite this, both fighters have equal reach.
Blachowicz is the more experienced professional fighter, having had 23 more fights, and made his debut in 2007, 4 years and 7 months earlier than Rakic, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He has fought 63 more professional rounds, 95 to Rakic's 32.
Blachowicz vs Rakic form
Blachowicz has beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges once.
In his last fight, he lost to Alex Pereira at UFC 291 on 29th July 2023 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, United States.
Previous to that, he had drawn with Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 282 on 10th December 2022 by split draw in their 5 round contest in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had beat Aleksandar Rakic at UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Rakić on 14th May 2022 by knockout in the 3rd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had been beaten by Glover Teixeira at UFC 267 on 30th October 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight.
He had won against Israel Adesanya at UFC 259 on 6th March 2021 by unanimous decision in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Rakic has beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight, he Jan Blachowicz at UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Rakić on 14th May 2022 by knockout in the 3rd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Thiago Santos at UFC 259 on 6th March 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Anthony Smith at UFC Vegas 8 on 29th August 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had lost to Volkan Oezdemir at UFC on ESPN+ 23 on 21st December 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Sajik Arena, Busan, South Korea.
He had won against Jimi Manuwa at UFC on ESPN+ 11 on 1st June 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Ericsson Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden.
In terms of recent activity, Jan Blachowicz has been fighting more than Aleksandar Rakic.
Jan Blachowicz last fought 4 months and 1 day ago, while Aleksandar Rakic's last outing was 1 year, 6 months and 16 days ago.
Blachowicz's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 24 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 6 months and 18 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 18 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 3.6 rounds on average.
Rakic's last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years, 5 months and 29 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 10 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
What are the odds on Blachowicz vs Rakic?
Aleksandar Rakic is currently 8/15 (-190) to win the bout outright, while you can get 13/8 (+160) on Jan Blachowicz if you fancy the small upset.
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UFC 297 Tickets
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