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UFC Vegas 54 results, live stream play-by-play updates | Blachowicz vs. Rakic

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to its APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the UFC Vegas 54 mixed martial arts (MMA) event TONIGHT (Sat., May 14, 2022), streaming LIVE on ESPN2 and ESPN+, topped by the 205-pound showdown pitting No. 1-ranked Light Heavyweight contender, Jan Blachowicz, opposite surging standout and No. 3-seeded title hopeful, Aleksandar Rakic. Before that five-round slugfest gets underway, fellow Light Heavyweight veterans, Ryan Spann and Ion Cutelaba, will trade leather in a battle slated for three, five-minute rounds in UFC Vegas 54’s co-main event. Familiar faces like Davey Grant, Amanda Ribas and Michael Johnson, among others, will also see caged action tonight in “Sin City.”

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Vegas 54 fight card below, starting with the ESPN+/Fight Pass “Prelims” undercard bouts at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the ESPN2/ESPN+ main card start time at 10 p.m. ET. Bet on all the UFC Vegas 54 action with our friends at DraftKings Sportsbook right here.

Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Blachowicz vs. Rakic.” Without further delay, see below for the updated UFC Vegas 53 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action).

UFC VEGAS 54 QUICK RESULTS:

205 lbs.: Jan Blachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakic
205 lbs.: Ion Cutelaba vs. Ryan Spann
135 lbs.: Davey Grant vs. Louis Smolka
125 lbs.: Katlyn Chookagian vs. Amanda Ribas
155 lbs.: Frank Camacho vs. Manuel Torres
125 lbs.: Jake Hadley vs. Allan Nascimento
125 lbs.: Viviane Araujo vs. Andrea Lee
155 lbs.: Michael Johnson vs. Alan Patrick
115 lbs.: Angela Hill vs. Virna Jandiroba
125 lbs.: Carlos Candelario vs. Tatsuro Taira — Taira def. Candelario by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 x2)
185 lbs.: Nick Maximov vs. Andre Petroski — Petroski def. Maximov by technical submission (anaconda choke) at 1:16 of Round One — HIGHLIGHTS

UFC VEGAS 54 LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY:

205 lbs.: Jan Blachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakic

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205 lbs.: Ion Cutelaba vs. Ryan Spann

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135 lbs.: Davey Grant vs. Louis Smolka

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125 lbs.: Katlyn Chookagian vs. Amanda Ribas

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155 lbs.: Frank Camacho vs. Manuel Torres

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125 lbs.: Jake Hadley vs. Allan Nascimento

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125 lbs.: Viviane Araujo vs. Andrea Lee

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155 lbs.: Michael Johnson vs. Alan Patrick

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115 lbs.: Angela Hill vs. Virna Jandiroba

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125 lbs.: Carlos Candelario vs. Tatsuro Taira

Round one: Candelario advancing, denies a caught-kick takedown. Right hand and body kick from Taira, low kick and 1-2 come back at him. One minute in. Well-timed shot from Taira into the clinch. Trying to trip him down. No luck and they separate. Shifting right hook lands for him. Candelario ducks a right hand and shoots. Re-shot denied. Taira tries a body kick two minutes in. Candelario still advancing, eats a cracking right cross. Head kick attempt. Two minutes to go.

Taira to the body, Candelario counters. Taira ties up , lands a knee, hits a nice foot sweep. Candelario makes it up and blocks an uppercut. Solid low kick from Taira with a minute to go. Well-timed shot from Candelario gets him on top against the fence. 10-9 Taira.

Round two: Sneaky body shot and two-piece from Candelario, who shoots. Good sprawl from Taira, who answers with a right cross that drops Candelario. Great back take, dropping punches. Full body triangle a minute in. Looking for the RNC. Taira’s sneaking in some nice punches and elbows as he works. Gnarly elbows. More punches two minutes in. Great balance by Taira to maintain back mount. Still hunting the RNC. He manages to pin down Candelario’s arm for a bit, still can’t find the choke. Two minutes to go.

Candelario manages to turn into guard, but Taira retakes the back. Now Candelario gets back on top with a minute to go. Half guard for Candelario. He manages to land a handful of shots. 10-9 Taira.

Round three: Candelario eats a low blow to start, takes about 30 seconds to recover before returning to action. He ducks a right hand and shoots, getting Taira to his seat against the fence. Taira gets the underhook and shoots, only to get caught in a guillotine. He manages to scramble free, but is stuck back on the bottom in half guard. Again he uses the underhook to sweep and this time he avoids the guillotine to settle in half guard two minutes in. He looks for mount, then wraps up a triangle as Candelario sweeps in. Candelario escapes, only for Taira to get a rear waist lock with two minutes to go.

Full back mount once again. Neck crank attempt, nothing there. Dropping shots from mount with a minute to go. Heavy shots from Taira. He continues to drop punches and elbows until the bell. What a debut. 10-9 Taira.

Final result: Taira def. Candelario by unanimous decision


185 lbs.: Nick Maximov vs. Andre Petroski

Round one: Petroski knocks Maximov off-balance with a blocked head kick. Lead uppercut, looping left falls short. Maximov tries a single-leg and they scramble until Petroski clamps down on a front headlock. He transitions to an anaconda choke and puts Maximov to sleep in seconds.

Final result: Petroski def. Maximov by technical submission (anaconda choke)


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