UFC returns to Fight Island in Abu Dhabi with UFC 267: BLACHOWICZ VS TEIXEIRA, headlining Abu Dhabi Showdown Week, which will feature city-wide activations, including fan events, fitness showcases, and much more, in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).
UFC WORLD LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
In the ultra-competitive light heavyweight division, UFC world champion Jan Blachowicz goes for his second successful title defense when he takes on No. 1 ranked contender Glover Teixeira.
Blachowicz (28-8, fighting out of Warsaw, Poland) looks to build off the recent momentum that not only saw him capture UFC gold, but also hand middleweight champion Israel Adesanya the first loss of his career. A 14-year MMA veteran, he holds spectacular KO wins over Luke Rockhold, Dominick Reyes, and Corey Anderson.
Blachowicz now has his sight set on taking out another dangerous finisher to continue building his legacy atop the 205-pound ladder.
Teixeira (32-7, fighting out of Danbury, Conn.) hopes to make good on his second UFC title shot by stopping Blachowicz in an emphatic fashion. A decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt with heavy hands, he has delivered memorable victories against Thiago Santos, Anthony Smith, Rashad Evans, and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson. Teixeira is now gunning for his sixth consecutive win by dethroning Blachowicz to achieve his dream of becoming UFC champion.
UFC WORLD INTERIM BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
In the co-main event, former titleholder and No. 1 ranked contender Petr Yan and surging #3 Cory Sandhagen aims to show off the explosiveness of the division when they vie for the interim title.
Yan (15-2, fighting out of Yekaterinburg, Russia) is gunning to avenge his disqualification loss in his last bout when Cory will have an opportunity to cement his place on top of the division if he defeats Yan.
Top heavyweights collide when No. 5 ranked contender Alexander Volkov (33-9, fighting out of Moscow, Russia) squares off with surging No. 8 Marcin Tybura (22-6, fighting out of Uniejow, Poland). No. 12 ranked welterweight contender Li Jingliang (18-6, fighting out of Beijing, China) aims to spoil the return of undefeated Khamzat Chimaev (9-0, Stockholm, Sweden by way of Chechnya, Russia)
No. 7 ranked Magomed Ankalaev (15-1, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia) takes on No. 8 Volkan Oezdemir (17-5, fighting out of Fribourg, Switzerland) in a clash of light heavyweight contenders
Ricardo Ramos (15-3, fighting out of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil) looks for another vintage win against rising prospect Zubaira Tukhugov (19-5-1, fighting out of Grozny, Chechen Republic, Russia) at featherweight. Dana White’s Contender Series signee Albert Duraev (14-3, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev. by way of Grozny, Russia) debuts against Roman Kopylov (8-1, fighting out of Bachatsky, Kemerovo, Russia) in a middleweight bout
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (22-7, fighting out of Francisco Beltrão, Parana, Brazil) faces UFC newcomer Benoit Saint-Denis (8-0 1NC, fighting out of Paris, France) at welterweight
Shamil Gamzatov (14-0, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia) hopes to remain undefeated when he battles Michal Oleksiejczuk (15-4 1NC, fighting out of Leczna, Poland) at light heavyweight. Makwan Amirkhani (16-6, fighting out of Turku, Finland by way of Kurdistan) locks horns with Lerone Murphy (10-0-1, fighting out of Manchester, England) in an intriguing featherweight bout
Hu Yaozong (3-2, fighting out of Beijing, China) makes his first Octagon appearance in nearly three years when he faces Andrei Petroski (6-2, fighting out of Springfield, Pa.) at middleweight
Exciting lightweights battle as Magomed Mustafaev (14-4, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) takes on Damir Ismagulov (23- 1, fighting out of Orenburg, Russia by the way of Almaty, Kazakhstan). Tagir Ulanbekov (13-1, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia) hopes to continue his momentum when he takes on Allan Nascimento (18-5, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil) at flyweight
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