UFC Vegas 54 Blachowicz Vs Rakic: Prelims Odds, Predictions, Picks


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Viane Araujo and Andre Lee: Women’s Flyweight Division The odds of this fight are set by DraftKings Sportsbook. DraftKings Sportsbook has the odds for this bout. Click here to view them.

Viviane “Vivi” Araujo TALE OF THE TAPE Andre “KGB” Lee 35 Age 33 5’4″ (163cm) Height 5’6″ (168cm) 68.0″ (173cm) Reach 69.5″ (177cm) Brazil Nation United States Cerrado MMA Team Synergy Martial Arts Academy 10-3-0 Record 13-5-0 -105 BET NOW

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Angela Lee is currently on a two fight winning streak and has a record of 5-3 so far within the UFC. From the win in round two of the triangle armbar fight against Antonia Shevchenko, to the stoppage at the corner of Cynthia Calvillo during rounds three and four of the fight, her recent performance has been exceptional. Viviane Araujo’s UFC career has been impressive with victories over Roxanne Modafferi, Montana De La Rosa and others. However, her last fight was a loss by Katlyn Chookagian unanimously. With that said, Viviane Araujo has shown great form throughout her UFC career with wins over Roxanne Modafferi and Montana De La Rosa. However, she will be looking to keep within striking distance of a victory to secure her record.

Our Pick

Andrea Lee by judges decision (TBA)

Michael Johnson vs Alan Patrick – Lightweight Division

Michael “The Menace” Johnson TALE OF THE TAPE Alan “Nuguette” Patrick 35 Age 38 5’10” (178cm) Height 5’11” (180cm) 73.5″ (187cm) Reach 74.0″ (188cm) United States Nation Brazil Sanford MMA Team XGym 19-17-0 Record 15-3-0-1NC -125 BET NOW

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Despite currently being on a sorely disappointing four fight losing streak, there is no doubt that Michael Johnson is the more seasoned and experienced fighter in this matchup. For the most part, he has faced some of the greatest UFC fighters, including Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje. He also boasts a first round knockout victory over Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier way back in 2016. Alan Patrick, who is undoubtedly at the tail end of his mixed martial arts career, is also on a losing streak having lost to Scott Holtzman via technical knockout in 2018 as well as a unanimous decision loss to Bobby Green more recently in 2020. Although Alan Patrick may win this fight with his wild strikes and striking, it is likely that he will be exhausted by the second round. Johnson has a reputation for bouncing back from defeats in the latter rounds. Johnson’s striking abilities are well-known and will prove to be devastating for Alan Patrick during the last round.

Our Pick

Micheal Johnson by judges decision (TBA)

Virna Jandiroba vs Angela Hill – Women”s Strawweight Division

Virna “Carcara” Jandiroba TALE OF THE TAPE Angela “Overkill” Hill 33 Age 37 5’3″ (160cm) Height 5’3″ (160cm) 64.0″ (163cm) Reach 64.5″ (164cm) Brazil Nation United States Academia Fight House Team Alliance MMA 17-3-0 Record 13-11-0 -150 BET NOW

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Angela Hill has been very unlucky to say the least when it comes to the judges scorecards having her losing rounds which she clearly won. Poor judgment on the part of officials resulted in her split decisions against Michelle Waterson, Claudia Gadelha and Amanda Ribas. Virna Jandiroba also has a loss by unanimous decision to Amanda Ribas. However, the judges were correct as Jandiroba wasn’t very active in that fight which enabled Ribas to win easily. Hill has the edge in skill and is definitely the stronger fighter of both the season-striker pair. Angela Hill is expected to make a good showing in the fight.

Our Pick

Angela Hill by judges decision (TBA)

Tatsuro Taira vs Carlos Candelario – Flyweight Division

Tatsuro Taira TALE OF THE TAPE Carlos “The Cannon” Candelario 22 Age 30 5’7″ / 170cm Height 5’8″ / 173cm 67.0 / 170cm Reach 67.0 / 170cm Japan Nation United States The Paraestra Okinawa Team Underdog Mixed Martial Arts 10-0-0 Record 8-1-0 -220 BET NOW

Odds +180 BET NOW

Two fantastic Flyweight prospects go head to head in this bout, with both making their UFC debut. With eight wins in his first round, Tatsuro Tahara is an undefeated Japanese fighter. Carlos Candelario won most of his fights within the first round, but he was defeated by Victor altamirano in a fight on the contender series. Both fighters share a similar track record. However, Taira is younger and more experienced than Candelario. He is keen to win fights quickly and is happier to scrap with Candelario.

Our Pick

Tatsuro Taira by submission in round 1 (+400)

Nick Maximov vs Andre Petroski – Middleweight Division

Nick Maximov TALE OF THE TAPE Andre Petroski 24 Age 30 6’0″ (183cm) Height 6’0″ (183cm) 76.0″ (193cm) Reach 73.0″ (185cm) United States Nation United States Nick Diaz Academy Team Renzo Gracie Philly 8-0-0 Record 7-2-0 -335 BET NOW

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Having already earned two UFC wins via judges decision, Nick Maximov has all the momentum on his side in the matchup. Andre Petroski, a well-known opponent for his jumping guillotines, will be fighting Maximov in the matchup. Nick keeps busy with grappling when he’s not competing in MMA. He has won two UFC victories, one by knockout vs Michael Gillmore. The other by an arm triangle choke vs Yaozong Hu. Both fighters possess similar grappling skills so it is likely that this fight will go the distance.

Our Pick

Nick Maximov by judges decision (TBA)

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UFC Vegas 54 Information Event UFC Vegas 54: Blachowicz vs Rakic Location UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Date / Time Saturday May 14th 2022, 18: 00 ET How to watch ESPN, ESPN+

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