UFC Vegas 54: Blachowicz vs. Rakic ​​- Winners and Losers

Jan Blachowicz probably wanted his fight against Aleksandar Rakic ​​to end in a more definitive way, but sometimes, it’s better to take what happens and move on. It looks like that’s what the former light heavyweight champion is going to do next. ufc vegas 54.

Blachowicz’s goal was to get the win against Rakic, maintain his No. 1 spot in the official UFC light heavyweight rankings and prepare for a possible rematch against the man who took the title from him, Glover Teixeira. Blachowicz achieved his goal when a knee injury stopped Rakic ​​in the third stanza of their contest. Now, he will wait and see if Teixeira can successfully defend his title against No. 2 ranked Jiri Prochazka at UFC 275.

In the co-main event of UFC Vegas 54, Ryan Spann earned a first-round submission win over Ion Cutelaba.

Read on for the winners and losers from UFC Vegas 54, which took place at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.

Winners:

Jan Blachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakic: Jan Blachowicz and Aleksandar Rakic ​​were involved in a competitive bout in the main event of UFC Vegas 54. Blachowicz did a good job of using combinations of punches and low kicks to slow down his opponent in the first round, while Rakic controlled the fight on the canvas. in the second stanza. However, the contest was cut short when a knee injury sent Rakic ​​to the canvas early in the third round. With Rakic ​​sore on the canvas, the referee stopped the fight, handing Blachowicz the victory.

The result was less than ideal, but both fighters played to their strengths throughout the match and the sportsmanship shared at the end of the match was refreshing.

Ryan Span: Ryan Spann bounced back from a submission loss to Anthony Smith with a submission win of his own. Ion Cutelaba put Spann in some bad spots early in this matchup, but a missed shot gave Spann the opportunity he needed to latch onto a guillotine choke and force a submission from Cutelaba at 2:22 of the first verse.

Spann showed a good conscience by getting the stoppage and not getting frustrated when things didn’t go well says a lot about him as a fighter, especially since he was coming off a first-round stoppage loss.

davey scholarship: Davey Grant ended a two-fight losing streak in a big way on Saturday. Grant, coming off decision losses to Marlon Vera and Adrian Yanez, scored a knockout victory over the same game Louis Smolka in the third stanza of his bantamweight scrap.

Smolka took the head and body shots Grant offered in the first two stanzas, but the leg kicks Grant used for the first ten minutes added up and dropped Smolka early in the third and once Grant knocked down to Smolka, he did not. he takes a long time to reach the goal.

Grant may not win every fight, but he’s one of those fighters who will give fans their money’s worth when he’s on a card, as his growing list of post-fight bonus prizes can attest.

katlyn chookagyan: Katlyn Chookagian likely kept her No. 1 ranking in the UFC flyweight division with a win over Amanda Ribas. Chookagian’s length and reach and Ribas’ lackluster defense were the main reasons Chookagian won the contest and extended her winning streak to four in a row.

Manuel Torres: Manuel Torres scored a victory in his official UFC debut and he did it in the most violent way. Torres’ power seemed to give way to his opponent. Frank Camacho, problems from the first moments of the fight. That power left Camacho attempting five takedowns before the power of his foe ended the fight at the 3:27 mark of Round 1.

Torres looked great and his punch was devastatingly effective.

allan nascimento: Allan Nascimento earned his first UFC victory on Saturday. He got that win over favorite Jake Hadley thanks to his takedowns and his incredibly heavy top game.

Viviana Araujo: Andrea Lee nearly finished Viviane Araujo early in the first round of their flyweight bout, but she came back strong and began to set Lee up with an effective jab. Araujo showed heart and resilience as he bounced back to win a decision.

Michael Johnson: Michael Johnson earned his first victory since October 2018 with a knockout victory over Alan Patrick. I won’t go as far as UFC commentator Brendan Fitzgerald and proclaim that Johnson is “back,” after all, his record dating back to August 2015 is 4-9 with the UFC, but he had one big win and will probably get another. chance to fight inside the octagon.

Virna Jandiroba: Virna Jandiroba bounced back from an October loss to Amanda Ribas with a dominant victory over Angela Hill. Jandiroba used her strength and submission skills to neutralize Hill and should gain a step up in the competition with her victory.

Tatsuro Taira: Tatsuro Taira is a very good young fighter, who could have gone under the radar before UFC Vegas 54. He feels incredibly comfortable, composed and confident in the cage. He is a dangerous fighter who uses a kickboxing and distance style to set up his takedowns. At 22 years old, Taira has a lot of time to develop and I think he needs to develop on his feet, but he is a promising flyweight to watch.

Andre Petroski: My thoughts on Andre Petroski entering his fight against Nick Maximov at UFC Vegas 54 were that he had a good shot at winning the contest. Petroski and Maximov are still getting their feet under them in the UFC, but Petroski’s good wrestling experience coupled with his aggression made him a very vivid underdog in my mind. I didn’t think Petroski would choke Maximov early in the first round, as grappling has been the only thing Maximov has excelled at. Andre Petroski put in an impressive performance at UFC Vegas 54.

Glover Teixeira: In a sport where trash talking is the norm, it was refreshing to see UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira rooting for the man he took the title from, Jan Blachowicz, before his main matchup against Aleksandar Rakic ​​in UFC Vegas 54.

Losers:

Amanda Ribas: Amanda Ribas took a calculated risk moving up to flyweight to face number one ranked Katlyn Chookagian at UFC Vegas 54. The risk didn’t pay off as Chookagian earned a split decision win. Ribas had a good game plan for the fight. She wanted to pressure Chookagian to her feet and take the fight to the mat when she could. However, she gave Chookagian enough foot openings to score with her strikes.

jake hadley: He came into UFC Vegas 54 with plenty of enthusiasm and an undefeated record. He left the Octagon with his enthusiasm diminished and a loss.

Hadley is only 25 years old. I hope that he and his team will see the setback of the older and more experienced Allan Nascimento as a learning experience. There were positives from Hadley in this fight, but Nascimento outfought him in this contest.

andrea reads and Tony Kelley: UFC fighter Tony Kelley was in Andrea Lee’s corner during her fight against Viviane Araujo. Kelley’s brand of inspiration for his wrestler was also disgusting.

That’s what they do. They are fucking dirty Brazilians,” Kelley said. “They’re going to cheat like this.”

Angela Hill: I was surprised to see that Angela Hill’s loss to Virna Jandiroba reduced her to three straight losses and put her on a 1-5 streak. Hill is one of the more active fighters and is always up for a fight. That fact, coupled with her popularity, could give her a chance to fight with the UFC again, but she needs to get back in the win column.

Nick Maximoff: I was surprised at the odds on this one, considering Nick Maximov has looked one-dimensional at best during his UFC career. Yes, he entered the contest with an undefeated record and an affiliation with the Diaz brothers, but other than those two articles, nothing stood out from Maximov. Now, after being choked unconscious against an opponent, Andrei Petroski, with whom he was a heavy favourite, Maximov’s stock is set to drop.

dominic cross: Dominick Cruz continues to be loud, confident and embarrassingly wrong when it comes to discussing scoring criteria for MMA. He was practically belligerent in defending “time control” during the fight between Katlyn Chookagian and Amanda Ribas.

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