UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic on Saturday, May 14

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UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Rakic on Saturday, May 14

Main Card at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+

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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Programming (All times ET) 

Fri., 5/13  5:30 p.m.  UFC Live presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: 

Blachowicz vs. Rakic 

6:05 p.m.  UFC Fight Night Pre-Show presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Blachowicz vs. Rakic  ESPN+ 
Sat., 5/14  7:30 p.m.  UFC Fight Night presented by Modelo: 

Blachowicz vs. Rakic (Prelims) 


ESPN Deportes 


10 p.m.  UFC Fight Night presented by Modelo: 

Blachowicz vs. Rakic (Main Card) 


ESPN Deportes


Sun., 5/15  1 a.m.*  UFC Fight Night Post Show presented by Crypto.com: Blachowicz vs. Rakic   ESPN+ 

* Immediately following main card    

Main Card and Prelims (All times ET) 

10 p.m.  Main  Jan Blachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakic 
Co-Main  Ryan Spann vs. Ion Cutelaba 
Undercard  Davey Grant vs. Louis Smolka 
Undercard  Katlyn Chookagian vs. Amanda Ribas 
Undercard  Frank Camacho vs. Manuel Torres 
Undercard  Jake Hadley vs. Allan Nascimento 
7:30 p.m.  Feature  Viviane Araujo vs. Andrea Lee 
Undercard  Michael Johnson vs. Alan Patrick 
Undercard  Virna Jandiroba vs. Angela Hill 
Undercard  Tatsuro Taira vs. Carlos Candelario 
Undercard  Nick Maximov vs. Andre Petroski 

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Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at all of $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville, Darlington, Indy and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including more than 30 of the Year in Review press releases.
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