UFC 267: What we know about what's next
9/24/2021 7:43:01 PM EST
In the UFC's next pay-per-view offering following this Saturday's UFC 266, two title fights will once again headline the event, as UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz defends his title against Brazilian veteran Glover Teixeira and UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling clashes once more with rival Petr Yan after their controversial first match.
UFC 267 is set for Oct. 30 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Poland's Blachowicz, 38, will look to defend his title for a second time in the main event. Coming off a victory against UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in the latter's bid for a second title, Blachowicz has won nine of his last 10.
Teixeira, 43, has had a remarkable late-career push of late with five straight wins to his credit. A terrific grappler with a penchant for come-from-behind victories, Teixeira will look to finally realize his title aspirations in the main event of UFC 267.
The co-main event of UFC 267 features a rematch fraught with bad blood and controversy. Sterling, 32, won the title by disqualification in March after Russia's Yan landed an illegal knee to the head of a grounded Sterling.
The two have traded words ever since, with Yan disputing the legitimacy of Sterling's championship status and Sterling promising to reinforce his place atop the talent-stacked bantamweight division as the two run it back.
Elsewhere on the main card, Brazilian strawweight prospects will face off as the popular Amanda Ribas takes on submission specialist Virna Jandiroba. Though coming off her first UFC loss, Ribas will look to make a statement against Jandiroba, who has won three of her last four in the Octagon.
Breakout star Islam Makhachev will look to further make his case for a lightweight title opportunity against former UFC champion Rafael dos Anjos in a fight whose build-up has been largely contested through trash talk on social media. Makhachev hasn't lost since 2015, while dos Anjos will look to make it 2-0 since returning to his weight class from welterweight.
Top 10-ranked heavyweight contenders are set to throw down on the main card, as Russia's Alexander Volkov will face Poland's Marcin Tybura to round out the pay-per-view portion of the event. Volkov is coming off a loss to UFC interim champion Ciryl Gane, while Tybura has won five straight.
The preliminary card boasts impressive names and prospects to watch, as well.
Fan-favorite Walt Harris and Tai Tuivasa will square off at heavyweight, light heavyweight standouts Volkan Oezdemir and Magomed Ankalaev will clash in a fight with rankings implications, and recent Dana White's Contender Series winner Albert Duraev will make his Octagon debut against Italy's Alessio Di Chirico.
The event also features the return of 2020 breakout star Khamzat Chimaev, who fought and won three times by dominant stoppage within the span of two months before suffering a difficult bout with COVID-19 that briefly led him to retire from active competition. He will fight Li Jingliang of China.
--Field Level Media
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