UFC 267: Islam Makhachev vs Rafael Dos Anjos booked for October 30 in Abu Dhabi
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently booked an important lightweight showdown with serious title implications for the upcoming UFC 267 Pay-Per-View (PPV) event, sending top contender Islam Makhachev into the battle against the former 155-pound champion Rafael Dos Anjos on October 30 on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
This is according to ESPN.
Makhachev (20-1) has won eight straight wins in the lightweight division, including his submission victory over Thiago Moises last month in Las Vegas. The performance pushed the Dagestan murderer – the protégé of former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov – to No.5 in the 155-pound rankings.
It’s two places above the 30-13 Dos Anjos (No.7), which also just picked up a victory in its last outing. The 36-year-old Brazilian picked up a split decision victory over Paul Felder in “Sin City” but struggled to stay consistent, racking up a 5-5 record since spitting out his lightweight title at Eddie Alvarez in summer 2016.
This is the promotion’s third attempt to reserve Makhachev against Dos Anjos.
UFC 267 is expected to headline the light heavyweight title fight between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira. Elsewhere on the map, Khamzat Chimaev makes his return to the Octagon facing welterweight mainstay Li Jingliang while injured heavyweights Walt Harris and Tai Tuivasa hang them at 265 pounds.