In the night from Saturday to Sunday, Aleksandar Rakic returns to the Octagon of the UFC: The 30-year-old Viennese meets ex-champion Jan Blachowicz in Las Vegas.

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Aleksandar Rakic tries to take the last step towards the title fight in the Light Heavyweight weight class of the UFC at the weekend. The Viennese meets Jan Blachowicz in the main fight from Saturday to Sunday.

The Pole Blachowicz only lost its title against Glover Teixeira at the end of October. Previously, the 39-year-old veteran of top players such as Israel Adesanya, Dominick Reyes, Corey Anderson, Ronaldo Souza and Luke Rockhold were defeated.

Rakic can also look back on a strong UFC run. Most recently, the Viennese Thiago Santos and Anthony Smith forced his knees. Against Volkan Oezdemir, Rakic had to take a controversial point loss-his only and controversial defeat in seven UFC duels.

Rakic: “Ready for five rounds pure dominance”

“I’m looking forward to the fight. I haven’t fought for 14 months. But I was always in training. I am very happy that I can measure myself with an ex-champ, I am ready,” said Rakic in advance. “I expect the best version of Blachowicz. But he has a problem: I am. “

With a win against Blachowicz, Rakic can have justified hopes for a title fight in the half-heavy weight class. The title bearer Glover Teixeira will defend his belt on June 11 at UFC 275 against Jiří Procházka from the Czech Republic.

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“This is the greatest struggle of my life. There is no doubt for me – if I win, my next fight is a title fight. Absolutely,” said Rakic. “I am ready for five round pure dominance or an early knockout.”