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Prelims at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+
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UFC Fight Night presented by Modelo: Blachowicz vs. Rakic will be live from UFC APEX in Las Vegas this Saturday, May 14, with both Prelims and Main Card on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ (English and Spanish). The Main Card will air on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, preceded by the Prelims at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+. Live coverage includes UFC Live presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Blachowicz vs. Rakic on ESPNEWS on Friday, May 13, at 5:30 p.m. ET and will provide fans with exclusive insights and views heading into Fight Night.
The main event is a matchup of light heavyweights, former champion and No. 1 Jan Blachowicz (28-9) and No. 3 Aleksandar Rakic (14-2). Blachowicz, 39 and nine years Rakic’s senior, lost the title to Glover Teixeira in his last visit to the Octagon in October after having won nine of his previous 10 outings. To many, a victory Saturday would position Rakic for his first UFC title shot. After dropping his first effort as a professional, he has taken 14 of his last 15 fights.
The co-main also pits light heavyweights, No. 13 ranked Ryan Spann (19-7) and Ion Cutelaba (16-6). Spann, who holds a 4-inch advantage in both height and reach over his lefty opponent, is expected to use the jab to his advantage. Dana White’s Contender Series alumnus Cutelaba has a background heavy in grappling – Greco-Roman wrestling, Sambo and judo – yet 12 of his 16 wins have come by way of a knockout.
Brendan Fitzgerald will call the action, alongside two-time UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping. Heidi Androl will handle reporting duties. All coverage in Spanish will be handled by Victor Davila and Santiago Ponzinibbio.
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