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UFC Vegas 54: Rakic knee injury stoppage hands victory to Jan Blachowicz

Jan Blachowicz emerged the winner of UFC Vegas 54, but it probably won’t help him secure a title shot against light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira.

That’s because the knee of Blachowicz’s opponent, Aleksandar Rakic buckled without warning in the third round, forcing the referee to stop the contest.

The first round was close, with Blachowicz, sporting a scar under his left eye from a shot, trying to utilize his striking with Rakic looking to counter. But in the second round, Rakic got the takedown and controlled Blachowicz for most of the round, something that most critics thought Blachowicz would have done.

In the post-fight interview, Blachowicz stated he would like to fight Teixeira next.

Katlyn Chookagian and Amanda Ribas earned Fight of the Night, while Ryan Spann and Manuel Torres earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

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

MAIN CARD

JAKE HADLEY VS. ALLAN NASCIMENTO

WINNER: ALLAN NASCIMENTO VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JAKE HADLEY VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Wow! I thought Hadley would show everyone his talents, but he got shut out.

FRANK CAMACHO VS. MANUEL TORRES 

WINNER: MANUEL TORRES VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 3:27

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MANUEL TORRES VIA SUBMISSION

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 VS. #9 AMANDA RIBAS 

WINNER: KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KATLYN CHOOKAGIAN VIA UD

Andrews: Another typical KC striking win.

Andrews Prediction: Katlyn Chookagian via UD

DAVEY GRANT VS. LOUIS SMOLKA

WINNER: DAVEY GRANT VIA KO (PUNCHES) R3 0:49

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LOUIS SMOLKA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Smolka keeps letting me down. Give Davey full marks for the knockout.

#13 RYAN SPANN VS. ION CUTELABA

WINNER: RYAN SPANN VIA SUBMISSION (GUILOTINE CHOKE) R1 2:22

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ION CUTELABA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Spann didn’t get hurt and won. Keep it going now.

MAIN EVENT

#1 JAN BLACHOWICZ VS. #3 ALEKSANDAR RAKIC 

WINNER: JAN BLACHOWICZ VIA TKO (KNEE INJURY) R3 1:11

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JAN BLACHOWICZ VIA UD

Andrews: Both fighters looked good in there. This one probably needs to be run back.

The next UFC event is UFC Vegas 55, which is set for May 21 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Women’s bantamweight Holly Holm takes on Ketlen Vieira in the main event.

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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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