UFC Vegas 56 |  Jan Blachowicz cuts Aleksandar Rakic's legs until he collapses

Jan Blachowicz like a seasoned lumberjack he set out to chop down the legs of aleksandar rakic until collapsing its anatomy from the beginning of the lawsuit. The effect of the numerous kicks to the legs, most connected below the knee, began to be felt from the first round, where Rakic ​​already had swelling in his front tibia. The work of zapa did not stop, except for a good stretch of the second round where the fight took place on the ground, until, at the beginning of the third, he injured his back knee as he could not firmly support the one that had been punished. And he was forced to leave. With the light heavyweight division title scheduled to be contested at UFC 275 among the champion Glover Teixeira Y Jiri ProchazkaBlachowicz he is in an unbeatable position so that in his next fight he has another opportunity for the belt.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Błachowicz was returning to the Octagon for the first time since losing his title to Glover Teixeira at UFC 267. His opponent at ufc vegas 56 it was Aleksandar Rakić, who had been unemployed for more than a year after racking up two straight wins over Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos. At the moment, Błachowicz was the number one contender in the division and Rakić the third.

A loss to Rakić from Błachowicz, who is already 39 years old, surely would have destroyed his chances of fighting for the title again. The Pole did not have an easy challenge. Rakić is one of the biggest contenders in the division; he has a solid punch, thunderous power and was improving with each new performance. He had only lost once in his last 15 fights; in a split decision against Volkan Ozdemir.

Although both fighters seem content to wait for the opponent’s actions to fight back, they launched to exchange from the beginning. They both have the same arm reach, but Rakic ​​has two inches more height and leg reach. The initiative started more from the Pole than without snarling, he threw curved punches changing the planes of height and mixed them with regular kicks to the legs. Rakic ​​for his part, also punishing the legs, came out better in most exchanges thanks to his long right hand that he crossed after the jab. In the scuffle, a successful shot caused the Pole a cut near the tear duct of his eye, a dangerous wound that if it got bigger could lead to the early conclusion of the fight. Despite the visual discomfort caused by the injury, Blachowicz sometimes he countered the offense with hooks to the liver, then attacking the head so that Rakic ​​raised his guard, moment where he fired kicks directed back to the liver. In some exchange there were two attempts to reach Rakic’s clinch that did not bear fruit.

Rakic ​​has shown his takedown ability, but has never given it enough of a priority for us to know what skills he really has in the fight. In the second round he showed some qualities. He was able to lift one leg of the Pole to sweep the other. They ended up on the ground. There was a triangle attempt by Blachowicz that was aborted. Most round, Rakic from a superior position punished his antagonist without being able to inflict much damage. The Pole tried to get up several times but the hold on the legs that Rakic ​​applied prevented it.

Rakic ​​has the speed and athleticism to keep the distance. And he’s a lethal kicker from distance, if not ask Jimi Manuwa. But his numb knee at the beginning of the third round already reduced his mobility. And with the extremity so punishing in a movement of change of balance, the other knee was injured. Rakić, who had already shown the ability to dominate a fight from start to finish, had also shown his ability to finish his opponents forcefully, he was unable to continue a fight where he had probably taken the first two rounds.

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Jan Blachowicz like a seasoned lumberjack he set out to chop down the legs of aleksandar rakic until collapsing its anatomy from the beginning of the lawsuit. The effect of the numerous kicks to the legs, most connected below the knee, began to be felt from the first round, where Rakic ​​already had swelling in his front tibia. The work of zapa did not stop, except for a good stretch of the second round where the fight took place on the ground, until, at the beginning of the third, he injured his back knee as he could not firmly support the one that had been punished. And he was forced to leave. With the light heavyweight division title scheduled to be contested at UFC 275 among the champion Glover Teixeira Y Jiri ProchazkaBlachowicz he is in an unbeatable position so that in his next fight he has another opportunity for the belt.

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