UFC 267 recap: Teixeira claims World Light Heavyweight Championship

Teixeira is proclaimed light heavyweight world champion

Glover Teixeira clinched the UFC World Lightweight Championship with a second round submission win over reigning champion Jan Blachowicz in the main event of UFC 267 on Saturday.

The 42-year-old Teixeira became the second-oldest UFC champion and won his first title after turning pro nearly 20 years ago in 2002 and making his UFC debut in 2012.

An early Round 1 takedown by Teixeira kept Blachowicz on the defensive before a left hook rocked the reigning champion. After the fight went to the canvas, Teixeira was quick to sink the bare rear choke that saw the Pole tapping at 3:02 in the second round.

“20 years, honey. I have no words to describe it. I have so much thanks. I thought about what to say, but right now, I don’t. Dana White said he broke the rules and that’s why the UFC is like that. I’m 42 years old and I’m going to keep breaking those rules, “Teixeira said after his win.

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Teixeira’s previous shot at the light heavyweight title was thwarted by Jon Jones in April 2014. The Brazilian entered the fight on Saturday with a five-game winning streak that began in January 2019 and achieved a sixth consecutive victory against his Polish counterpart. his professional MMA record at 33-7.

Yan regains bantamweight title

Petr Yan claimed the UFC Bantamweight World Championship with a unanimous decision victory over Cory Sandhagen at UFC 267 on Saturday.

Referees ruled 49-46, 49-36, 49-46 in Yan’s favor in a fiercely contested fight that saw him win the Fight of the Night award. ‘No Mercy’ overcame a significant height handicap that limited his range to land a spinning rear fist in the third round that knocked Sandhagen to the ground. However, ‘Sandman’ managed to drag himself into the fifth round where he survived a heavy kick to the head before the judges declared Yan interim bantamweight champion.

“Thank you all, I knew Cory was going to be a tough fight, but I knew it was going to change the course of this fight. This is the second time that I have become champion in Abu Dhabi, so it’s like my home right now. I am here and everyone knows that I am the true champion, “said Yan.

In early March 2021, Yan had awarded the championship to Aljamain Sterling after an illegal knee in the fourth round disqualified him. Sterling then withdrew from the rematch on September 25, with Sandhagen taking his place.

Yan first claimed the bantamweight title in July 2020 after defeating UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo by technical knockout (TKO) in the fifth round.

Makhachev extended his unbeaten streak to nine games and recorded his 20th professional win against a lone loss. – FAKE IMAGES

Main card: Islam Makhachev beats Dan Hooker in the first round

Russia’s Islam Makhachev outpointed Dan Hooker just two minutes and 25 seconds into the first round in a lightweight division fight at UFC 267. The 30-year-old locked himself in the kimura after an early takedown triggered by a hook hook. right, leaving Hooker distraught. hitting the canvas and giving in to a submission loss.

“I am very happy that they (the fans) have come to support and are happy (with the result). I finished my opponent quickly and I have no injuries. This is my best performance,” Makhachev said in a post-match interaction.

Makhachev extended his undefeated streak to nine games and recorded his 20th professional win against a solo loss, announcing himself as one of the top contenders for the lightweight division’s championship.

Watch UFC 268 – Usman vs Covington LIVE on Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 3 (Hindi) channels on November 7, 2021 from 7:30 am IST.

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