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|(C) Jan Blachowicz||-310
(C) Jan Blachowicz vs Glover Teixeira – Light Heavyweight Championship
Jan Blachowicz (-310)
Petr Yan vs Cory Sandhagen – Interim Bantamweight Championship
Petr Yan (-235)
IslamMakhachev vs Dan Hooker – Lightweight Division
Islam Makhachev (-650)
Alexander Volkov vs Marcin Tybura – Heavyweight Division
Marcin Tybura (+235)
Li Jingliang vs Khamzat Chimaev – Welterweight Division
Li Jingliang (+425)
Magomed Ankalaev vs Volkan Oezdemir – Light Heavyweight Division
Magomed Ankalaev (-310)
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|Jan Blachowicz||TALE OF THE TAPE||Glover Teixeira|
|6 ft. 2 in.||Height||6 ft. 2 in.|
|78 in.||Reach||76 in.|
It’s been more than seven years since Glover Teixeira last fought for the UFC light heavyweight title, but here we are!
The Brazilian fighter signed with the UFC in 2012 and rode a five-fight UFC winning streak into his first title bout with Jon Jones in 2014. However, he was defeated by a unanimous decision.
He has spent the last seven years clawing his way back up the rankings and, following a submission win over Thiago Santos last November (his fifth win in a row), he now finds himself once again in a UFC pay-per-view main event fighting for the light heavyweight championship.
But it won’t be easy. Jan Blachowicz is the first light heavyweight champion not named Jon Jones or Daniel Cormier since 2011. He beat Dominick Reyes to earn the title – a man many believed to have beaten Jon Jones.
Blachowicz may only have one title defense to his name, but it came against undefeated middleweight champion Israel Adesanya this past March at UFC 259. He dominated the middleweight champ in a fight many believed he couldn’t win.
The two oldest fighters on the main card, Blachowicz, and Teixeira stand equal to each other at 6 ft. 2 in. but it is the champion that will enjoy a two-inch reach advantage.
Blachowicz holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and has infamous knockout power in his right hand.
However, Teixeira boasts a second-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu as well as a black belt in kajukenbo. He is ranked number one in the UFC light heavyweight division behind only the champion.
|Petr Yan||TALE OF THE TAPE||Cory Sandhagen|
|5 ft. 7 in.||Height||5 ft. 11 in.|
|67 in.||Reach||70 in.|
In what is a very rare moment, two fighters coming off of a loss will compete for a UFC championship.
Originally slated to be a rematch between champion Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan, Cory Sandhagen was called to step in as a replacement for Sterling after he pulled out of the fight, citing that his injuries needed more time to recover.
Sandhagen is coming off of a split-decision loss to TJ Dillashaw. The two battled it out last July in what was Dillashaw’s first fight back following a two-year suspension. However, Dillashaw suffered a knee injury in the fight, explaining why he wasn’t offered to step in as a replacement for Sterling.
Yan’s last fight was his disqualification loss to Sterling this past March. Yan was disqualified for throwing a knee to Sterling’s head while he was down. Despite the strange circumstances, the title changed hands. Yan has been on a 10-fight winning streak until that point.
Both fighters are ranked in the top-3 of the division. Yan boasts a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu while Sandhagen holds a brown belt.
Sandhagen will stand four inches taller than his opponent and will boast a three-inch reach advantage as well.
|Islam Makhachev||TALE OF THE TAPE||Dan Hooker|
|5 ft. 10 in.||Height||6 ft.|
|70.5 in.||Reach||75 in.|
Originally scheduled to take on Rafael dos Anjos, Islam Makhachev found himself with a last-minute replacement opponent after dos Anjos was forced to pull out of the fight due to injury. But who better to replace him than exciting, fav-favorite Dan Hooker.
Hooker was still in the US following his win over Nasrat Haqparast just one month ago at UFC 266. When the call was made for him to replace dos Anjos, he accepted the fight rather than flying back to his home in Australia, which has had strict quarantine procedures in place.
The win over Haqparast snapped a two-fight losing streak for Hooker.
Makhachev, who is 9-1 in the UFC and has won his last seven fights in a row, is riding back-to-back submission victories over Drew Dober and, most recently, Thiago Moises.
A training partner and student of the Nurmagomedov family, Makhachev also works with the American Kickboxing Academy in California and holds an international master of sport in combat sambo. He is ranked as the number-five lightweight in the promotion.
Hooker is no slouch when it comes to his credentials in combat sports. He trains with the well-respected City Kickboxing gym as well as with Tiger Muay Thai. He holds a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is ranked just behind Makhachev in the lightweight division at number-six.
The Australian fighter will stand two inches taller than Makhachev and have a 4.5-inch reach advantage in the fight. However, at +460, he is the biggest betting underdog on the main card.
|Alexander Volkov||TALE OF THE TAPE||Marcin Tybura|
|6 ft. 7 in.||Height||6 ft. 3 in.|
|80 in.||Reach||78 in.|
A UFC mainstay since 2016, Marcin Tybura has tasted success in the promotion’s heavyweight division in the past but not to the extent that he currently has. The Polish fighter currently finds himself on a five-fight winning streak that has also seen him awarded back-to-back performance bonuses in his last two fights – both TKO wins over Greg Hardy and Walt Harris.
But Tybura faces, possibly, his most experienced opponent to date in Alexander Volkov.
Although he is coming off of a loss to interim heavyweight champion Cyril Gane, Volkov has earned a lot of significant victories in the heavyweight division. His resume includes wins over the likes of Walt Harris and Greg Hardy, former title challenger Alistair Overeem, and former champion Fabricio Werdum.
Both fighters come into this fight on the same timeline, having each completed this past June. They also both boast impressive grappling credentials, with Tybura holding a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Volkov holding a brown belt. The latter also holds a brown belt in karate.
The biggest story in this fight will likely be Volkov’s four-inch height advantage. He will also have a two-inch reach advantage over Tybura.
Tybura, ranked number-nine in the heavyweight division, could make a move into the top-five with a win over fifth-ranked Alexander Volkov Saturday.
|Li Jingliang||TALE OF THE TAPE||Khamzat Chimaev|
|6 ft.||Height||6 ft. 2 in.|
|72 in.||Reach||75 in.|
2020’s most exciting fighter Khamzat Chimaev returns to action after being sidelined for most of 2021 due to lingering effects following his recovery from COVID-19.
Chimaev debuted for the UFC last July and rose to fame for his willingness to fight. He fought for the promotion twice in ten days and three times within two months overall. He won all three fights in less than three rounds and received performance of the night bonuses for all three contests.
Ranked 11th in the UFC welterweight division, Li Jingliang recently had a three-fight winning streak snapped by Neil Magny in March 2020. However, he rebounded in a big way, knocking out Santiago Ponzinibbio in the first round of their fight this past January. The KO earned him a performance bonus.
Born in China, Jingliang trains with Team Alpha Male and holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Fighting out of Sweden, Chimaev currently holds the rank of blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu but also brings a strong wrestling pedigree into his grappling game.
Jingliang enters this contest as the older, more experienced fighter while Chimaev will have the physical advantages, standing two inches taller and boasting a reach advantage of three inches.
Despite not fighting in over a year and admittedly suffering from lung issues during his recovery, Chimaev still sits as the second-biggest favorite on the main card at -590.
|Magomed Ankalaev||TALE OF THE TAPE||Volkan Oezdemir|
|6 ft. 3 in.||Height||6 ft. 1 in.|
|75 in.||Reach||75 in.|
The main card of UFC 267 starts off with a rising light heavyweight contender taking on a former light heavyweight title challenger.
Swiss fighter Volkan Oezdemir rode a three-fight UFC winning streak (and a five-fight streak overall) into a title fight against then-champion Daniel Cormier in 2018. However, Oezdemir would lose the fight as well as his next two contests to Anthony Smith and Dominick Reyes.
He bounced back with back-to-back wins but had that winning streak snapped by Jiri Prochazka in his last fight back in July 2020. He has not fought since, having suffered a knee injury afterward.
Oezdemir takes on Russian-born Magomed Ankalaev, who enters this bout riding a six-fight winning streak. Following back-to-back knockouts over ion Cutelaba, Ankalaev most recently fought and defeated Nikita Krylov by decision this past February.
Ankalaev is a former WFCA light heavyweight champion and holds an international master of sports in amateur MMA and a master of sports in sambo.
Oezdemir, more known for his striking, has an undefeated 5-0 professional kickboxing record.
These two fighters have an equal 75-inch reach but it will be Magomed Ankalaev that will stand taller than his opponent by two inches.
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|Błachowicz vs Teixeira Information|
|Fight||UFC 267: Błachowicz vs Teixeira|
|Location||Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, UAE|
|Time||Saturday, October 30, 2PM|
|How to watch||PPV, UFC Fight Pass, ESPN+|
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