The UFC returns with their next major event on Saturday to Fight Island as UFC 267 takes place from Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The organization is returning with a bang, highlighted by two championship fights.
The main event features Jan Blachowicz looking to defend his light heavyweight championship for the second time as he faces off with No. 1-ranked and former 205-pound title challenger Glover Teixeira. In the co-main event, No. 1-ranked Petr Yan and No. 3-ranked Cory Sandhagen meet for the interim bantamweight title.
Blachowicz shocked the world at UFC 253 on Fight Island when he stopped Dominick Reyes in the second round to capture the light heavyweight strap that Jon Jones vacated. Then in his first title defense at UFC 259, Blachowicz upset the apple cart one more time in dominating middleweight kingpin Israel Adesanya.
For Teixeira, it's been a remarkable journey back to title contention. After coming up short in his quest to unseat Jones at UFC 172 in April 2014, Teixeira went a pedestrian 5-4 in his next nine fights. But, instead of quitting and giving up, the 41-year-old has gone on a remarkable run in reeling five consecutive victories, with four of those coming via stoppage to earn another crack at becoming a UFC champion.
Yan-Sandhagen happened under unusual circumstances. Yan won the vacant bantamweight strap at UFC 251, stopping Jose Aldo. The title reign didn't last long. In his next fight versus Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259, Yan was disqualified for throwing an illegal knee in a fight he was winning. A Sterling-Yan had been agreed upon for UFC 267. But Sterling was still having issues from neck surgery and had to bow out. Wanting the card to have two titles at stake, the UFC made an interim championship fight and kept Yan in the position. The UFC went the route of Sandhagen, despite him losing a narrow split decision to former 135-pound titlist TJ Dillashaw in July.
Besides the two title tilts, UFC 267 has a loaded undercard, so it's one you don't want to miss.
Here is everything you need to know about UFC 267: Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira.
UFC 267: Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira start time
Date: Saturday, Oct. 30
Main card: 2:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. BST
Main event (approx.): 4:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. BST
The UFC 267: Blachowicz vs. Teixeira main card pay-per-view launches at 2:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. BST, before the headliners walk into the Octagon at approximately 4:30 p.m. ET/9:30 BST. As a reminder, that time depends on the length of the earlier fights.
UFC 267: Blachowicz vs. Teixeira TV channel and live stream
UK: BT Sport
In the United States, people can watch UFC 267 exclusively via ESPN+. Across the pond in the United Kingdom, fans can watch the event via BT Sport.
Where is UFC 267: Blachowicz vs. Teixeira?
UFC 267 takes place live from Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It will be the second time Blachowicz competes in the venue. The first time was UFC 253 when he became the light heavyweight champion. On the other hand, Teixeira makes the trek to fight in the Middle East for the first time.
UFC 267: Blachowicz vs. Teixeira fight odds
As of Monday (Oct. 25), BetMGM has Blachowicz slated as a sizable favorite at -275, meaning a $275 bet will land you $100 if the Polish fighter is victorious Saturday night and retains the championship. Teixeira is installed as the +225 underdog, meaning a $100 bet can net you $225 if the Brazilian pulls off the upset and wins the gold.
Jan Blachowicz record and bio
Born: Feb. 24, 1983
Reach: 78 inches
Total fights: 36
Glover Teixeira record and bio
Born: Oct. 28, 1979
Reach: 76 inches
Total fights: 39
UFC 267: Blachowicz vs. Teixeira fight card
- Jan Błachowicz (c) vs. Glover Teixeira for Blachowicz' Light Heavyweight title
- Petr Yan vs. Cory Sandhagen for the interim UFC Bantamweight title
- Islam Makhachev vs. Dan Hooker; Lightweight
- Alexander Volkov vs. Marcin Tybura; Heavyweight
- Li Jingliang vs. Khamzat Chimaev; Welterweight
- Magomed Ankalaev vs. Volkan Oezdemir; Light Heavyweight
- Amanda Ribas vs. Virna Jandiroba; Women’s Strawweight
- Ricardo Ramos vs. Zubaira Tukhugov; Featherweight
- Albert Duraev vs. Roman Kopylov; Middleweight
- Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Benoît St. Denis; Welterweight
- Michał Oleksiejczuk vs. Shamil Gamzatov; Light Heavyweight
- Makwan Amirkhani vs Lerone Murphy; Featherweight
- Hu Yaozong vs. Andre Petroski; Middleweight
- Damir Ismagulov vs. Magomed Mustafaev; Lightweight
- Tagir Ulanbekov vs. Allan Nascimento; Flyweight