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UFC Vegas 54: Blachowicz vs. Rakic predictions

We got another awkward main event staredown at the UFC Vegas 54 weigh-ins Friday afternoon.

Jan Blachowicz and Aleksandar Rakic went nose-to-nose at the face-off, invoking memories of Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman and also Silva and Vitor Belfort at UFC 125.

Make of it what you will, there were no weight misses and so we’re ready to go at The Apex.

Kenai Andrew checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

MAIN CARD (10PM ET/7PM PT)

JAKE HADLEY (8-0-0) VS. ALLAN NASCIMENTO (18-6-0)

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Andrews: We’ve covered Jake when he was CageWarriors and EFC champion. He looks ready to go. Nascimento will be tough, but Hadley should prevail.

Andrews Prediction: Jake Hadley via submission

FRANK CAMACHO (22-9-0) VS. MANUEL TORRES (12-2-0)

Andrews: Torres is making his debut, coming from DWCS. Camacho has the experience advantage, but I think Torres steals this one.

Andrews Prediction: Manuel Torres via submission

#1 KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN (17-4-0) VS. #9 AMANDA RIBAS (11-2-0)

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Andrews: The striking of Chookagian should rack up another decision win.

Andrews Prediction: Katlyn Chookagian via UD

DAVEY GRANT (13-6-0) VS. LOUIS SMOLKA (17-8-0)

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Andrews: Smolka returns to form in this one.

Andrews Prediction: Louis Smolka via submission

#13 RYAN SPANN (19-7-0) VS. ION CUTELABA (16-6-1, 1NC)

Andrews: Spann is good until he gets hurt. Cutelaba is going to hurt him.

Andrews Prediction: Ion Cutelaba via submission

MAIN EVENT

#1 JAN BLACHOWICZ (28-9-0) VS. #3 ALEKSANDAR RAKIC (14-2-0)

Andrews: If Rakic can keep the fight standing, he wins. If Blachowicz can get the fight to the ground, he wins. I think at 39, Jan knows he has to win so I think his motivation carries him to a narrow win after some early trouble.

Andrews Prediction: Jan Blachowicz via UD

Enjoy the fights.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrews
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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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