Jan Blachowicz returns to the Octagon for the first time since losing his UFC light heavyweight crown when he takes on Aleksandar Rakic on Saturday in the main event in UFC Fight Night action.
UFC on ESPN: Blachowicz vs Rakic will take place on Saturday, May 14, with prelims set to get underway at 7:30 p.m. ET. Blachowicz opens the week trailing Rakic as an underdog on the UFC Fight Night odds.
In addition to costing him the UFC light heavyweight title, Blachowicz’s loss to Glover Teixeira at UFC 267 also marked his first defeat in six fights since February 2019 and his first loss by submission since 2007.
Rakic has been idle since extending his current win streak to two fights with a unanimous-decision victory over Thiago Santos at UFC 259 in March 2021.
Blachowicz vs Rakic Odds
Online sportsbook BetUS has published a full slate of Blachowicz vs Rakic odds. Rakic has emerged as a clear favorite, sporting -210 odds, while the former champion lags as a +165 underdog. That means you must wager $210 on Rakic to generate winnings of $100, while a successful $100 bet on Blachowicz will produce $165 in winnings.
Rakic’s short odds translate to an implied win probability of 67.74 percent, while Blachowicz’s odds represent an implied win probability of just 37.74 percent according to our sports betting calculator.
UFC sports betting fans searching for the biggest underdog on the UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs Rakic odds will have to get a head start on the evening’s hostilities, as Andre Petroski clashes with Nick Maximov in a middleweight clash to open the prelims as a +280 underdog.
The tightest odds can be found on the final fight of the evening’s prelim card. Andrea Lee is pegged as slender -130 chalk in her women’s flyweight clash with Viviane Araujo, who trails closely as a +100 bet.
The lightweight bout between Manuel Torres (-130) vs Frank Camacho (+100) matches the women as the fight with the tightest odds.
Blachowicz vs Rakic Betting Odds & Fight Card
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Main Event Odds & Pick
Jan Blachowicz vs Aleksandar Rakic Betting Odds
Jan Blachowicz (+165) is coming off a stunning upset defeat last time out. However, the former champion will still enter the Octagon on Saturday night perched as the No. 1 contender in the UFC light heavyweight division.
Aleksandr Rakic (-210) has managed to maintain control of the No. 3 spot in the light heavyweight rankings despite fighting just once over the past 21 months.
Prediction: Jan Blachowicz (+165); UNDER 4.5 rounds (-140)
Light heavyweights will also capture the spotlight in the co-main event of the evening as Ion Cutelaba aims to win two in a row for the first time since 2018 in his date with Ryan Spann. Cutelaba (-240) earned a unanimous-decision win over Devin Clark last time out at UFC Vegas 37.
Spann (+190) suffered a first-round submission loss to Anthony Smith in the main event on that night and has now been finished inside five minutes in two of his past three fights.
Prediction: Ion Cutelaba (-240); OVER 1.5 rounds (+110)
Katlyn Chookagian (-180) has emerged as the No. 1 contender in the UFC women’s flyweight rankings during a three-fight win streak. “Blonde Fighter” now aims to make a case for a second shot at the title as she takes on Amanda Ribas (+150), who is bidding to remain undefeated in three all-time clashes as a flyweight.
Prediction: Katlyn Chookagian (-180); OVER 2.5 rounds (-260)