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Ultimate Fighting Championship
returns to ESPN airwaves on
Saturday with another evening of mixed martial arts action with
former light heavyweight champion Jan
Blachowicz
taking on contender Aleksandar
Rakic
.

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It was a largely an uneventful weigh-in as all fighters, including
the headliners, made weight except for one. The lone unprofessional
mixed martial artist was Carlos
Candelario
, who came in .5 pounds over the flyweight limit.
Candelario’s bout against Tatsuro
Taira
is still set, though, with Candelario being fined a
percentage of his purse.

This is the first fight for Blachowicz (28-9) since dropping his
light heavyweight title in a shocking upset against Glover
Teixeira
. Prior to the setback, the Polish fighter had picked
up a dominant decision over Israel
Adesanya
and knocked out Dominick
Reyes
. The 39-year-old will look to show he still has more left
in the tank here and came in at 205.5 pounds for his latest UFC
main event.

This marks the second UFC main event for Rakic (14-2), who
previously beat Anthony
Smith
by decision. The Austrian would follow up that
performance with a victory over former title challenger Thiago
Santos
and is now poised for a title shot with one more
victory. The only blemish inside the Octagon for “Rocket” is a
split decision defeat to Volkan
Oezdemir
in 2019. Rakic stepped on the scale at 205 pounds on
the dot.

UFC on ESPN 36’s prelims will begin on ESPN and ESPN+ at 7:30 p.m.
ET/4:30 p.m. PT. The main card will then air on ESPN2 and ESPN+ at
10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

UFC on ESPN 36 Weigh-in Results:

Jan
Blachowicz
(205.5) vs. Aleksandar
Rakic
(205)
Ion
Cutelaba
(205) vs. Ryan Spann
(206)
Davey
Grant
(135.5) vs. Louis
Smolka
(136)
Katlyn
Chookagian
(125.5) vs. Amanda
Ribas
(125.5)
Frank
Camacho
(155) vs. Manuel
Roberto Torres
(155.5)
Jake
Hadley
(125.5) vs. Allan
Nascimento
(125.5)
Viviane
Araujo
(125) vs. Andrea Lee
(125)
Michael
Johnson
(155) vs. Alan
Patrick
(156)
Angela
Hill
(115.5) vs. Virna
Jandiroba
(115)
Carlos
Candelario
(126.5)* vs. Tatsuro
Taira
(125)
Nick
Maximov
(184.5) vs. Andre
Petroski
(185)

*Candelario missed weight by .5 pounds and has been fined a
percentage of his purse.


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