UFC 267 is stacked with high stakes and fun fights [LOOK]



Clockwise: Jan Blachowicz, Dan Hooker, Cory Sandhagen and Khamzat Chimaev.

In just over a week, the UFC will return to Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and they will bring with them a stacked fight card with high stakes.

UFC 267 is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 30, 2021 and will be broadcast free to ESPN + subscribers. The main card is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET, with prelims starting at 7:30 a.m. PT / 10:30 a.m. ET.

Fans will enjoy a six-fight main map that includes two title fights, as well as the return of several booming stars. See the full fight card below:

Main card

Jan Blachowicz (c) v Glover Teixeira, light heavyweight championship
Petr Yan v Cory Sandhagen, interim bantamweight championship
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

Preliminary map

Amanda Ribas vs. Virna Jandiroba, female strawweight
Ricardo Ramos vs. Zubaira Tukhugov, featherweight
Albert Duraev vs. Roman Kopylov, middleweight
Michal 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

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Blachowicz ready for second title defense, Teixeira hopes to finally capture UFC gold

Jan Blachowicz and Israel Adesanya

GettyJan Blachowicz celebrates after beating Israel Adesanya at UFC 259 in March 2021.

UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz will look to continue his assault on the 205-pound division when he takes on No.1 contender Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 267.

This will be the second defense of the Polish Power’s title. His first came in March 2021 when he interrupted Israel Adesanya’s campaign to become two-division champion. On the other side, Teixeira will try for the second time to get UFC gold.

He failed in 2014 when he lost by unanimous decision to then-champion Jon Jones.

Teixeira has built an impressive winning streak, winning his last five consecutive fights beating Thiago Santos and Anthony Smith.

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Yan and Sandhagen to fight over provisional bracelet while Aljamain Sterling is sidelined

UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling is still recovering from neck surgery, so he was forced out of UFC 267 and out of his rematch with Petr Yan. “The Funkmaster” won Yan’s title earlier in 2021 after the Russian hit him with an illegal knee.

Cory Sandhagen will replace Sterling and fight Yan for the interim bantamweight champion. “The Sandman” was given a rare chance, competing for a UFC title after a loss. He faced former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw in July 2021 and lost a split decision to a razor sharp.

Prior to that, Sandhagen delivered devastating knockouts to former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and Marlon Moraes.

UFC 267 features Shimaev’s return, important fight between Hooker and Makhachev

Khamzat Shimaev

GettyABU DHABI, UNITED Khamzat Chimaev poses on the scales during the UFC Fight Night Weigh-in inside the Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Khamzat Chimaev will finally make his return to the Octagon when he takes on No.11 welterweight Li Jingliang in the main card. Scoring three quick wins in 2020, “Borz” was on a rocket heading to stardom, but a fight with COVID-19 has left the fighter with lasting effects and taken him out of the competition so far.

An important top 10 clash in the lightweight division will also be on the main card as 5th Islam Makhachev meets 6th Dan Hooker. The fight will propel the winner higher in the pecking order, possibly putting them to a title shot fight.

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