UFC 267: Blachowicz vs. Teixeira took place Oct. 30 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz (28-9) and Glover Teixeira (33-7) locked horns in the night’s main event. The fight aired live on ESPN+.
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Round 1: Both men come out in orthodox stance and Jan lands an immediate low kick to Glover’s lead leg. Jan on the outside early and Glover moving forward. Glover gets Jan back to the fence early and blasts a double-leg. He’s in deep on the hips and muscles a takedown out of this. He then turns Jan to the center of the cage and Jan locks his guard. Good early action for Glover.
Not a lot being accomplished here from either side. Glover content to stay in guard and chip away, occasionally working for ways to pass but but committing. Jan, meanwhile, Jan is happy to keep his guard closed and stay safe.
Glover now tripod-ing up and making Jan carry his weight. Glover starting to land some decent elbows inside now. More offense from Glover as the round nears its end. And Goddard has been content to let Glover work from the top. Glover has also tried a can opener several times to the discomfort of Jan but not to the finish. One-way traffic so far and Glover now knows that if he gets a takedown, Jan has nothing to offer from his back.
MMA Fighting score the round 10-8, Teixeira.
Round 2: Well, Jan knows he can’t be taken down now. Needs to be more aware and Glover knows he’s cleanest path to victory for sure is on the floor.
Jan comes out with the jabs early but Glover charges forward and gets Jan moving back to the fence. Glover grabs a single but Jan is able to fight it off after a minute. That’s a win for Jan. And then he pops Glover with a good combo.
Jan starting to work some good combos but he’s still getting backed up to the fence. Glover drops for a double but Jan gets double-unders this time and turns Glover, then separates.
Glover shoots again and Jan stuffs it. Now Glover steps in and lands an uppercut into a hook that wobbles Jan! Jan moves away and then cracks Glover back but the two come together and now Glover is on top! He’s passing and he’s in back mount. He flattens Jan out and slips the arm under! There’s the tap! Glover Teixeira has done it! He’s the UFC light heavyweight champion!
Glover Teixeira defeats Jan Blachowicz by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:02 of Round 2 to claim the undisputed UFC light heavyweight championship.