A light heavyweight headliner between former undisputed division champion, the #1 ranked contender, Jan Blachowicz, and the surging Austrian-born standout, the #3 rated challenger, Aleksandar Rakic.
Rescheduled following a failed UFC Fight Night Columbus main event last month, Blachowicz will make his first Octagon outing since October of last year, where he headlined UFC 267 against Glover Teixeira, dropping his undisputed title in a one-sided second round rear-naked choke defeat.
For Rakic, the Vienna native has landed two victories since his sole Octagon loss, rebounding with a pair of unanimous decision wins over both one-time title challengers, Anthony Smith, and common-foe, Thiago Santos. Rakic has been out of action since March of last year where he defeated Brazilian striker, Santos on the main card of UFC 259.
UFC Vegas 54: Blachowicz vs. Rakic – Results
UFC Vegas 54 Main Card Results: (ESPN2/ESPN+ 10 p.m. ET)
Light Heavyweight: Jan Blachowicz def. Aleksandar Rakic via third round (1:11) TKO (knee injury)
Light Heavyweight: Ryan Spann def. Ion Cutelaba via first round (2:22) submission (guillotine)
Bantamweight: Davey Grant def. Louis Smolka via third round (0:49) KO (ground strikes)
Flyweight: Katlyn Chookagian def. Amanda Ribas via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Lightweight: Manuel Torres def. Frank Camacho via first round (3:27) TKO (strikes)
Flyweight: Allan Nascimento def. Jake Hadley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
UFC Vegas 54 Preliminary Card Results: (ESPN/ESPN+ 7:30 p.m. ET)
Flyweight: Viviane Araujo def. Angela Lee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Lightweight: Michael Johnson def. Alan Patrick via second round (3:52) KO (strikes)
Strawweight: Virna Jandiroba def. Angela Hill via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Flyweight: Tatsuro Taira def. Carlos Candelario via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Middleweight: Andre Petroski def. Nick Maximov via first round (1:16) submission (anaconda choke)