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When is an Ã la carte card not an Ã la carte card?
When it’s UFC 267.
The mixed martial arts conglomerate will add to its digital roster in an unorthodox fashion on Saturday from the location of Fight Island in the United Arab Emirates, producing a 15-fight show that will air exclusively in the United States on ESPN + at no additional cost to them. subscribers.
It basically serves as an appetizer for UFC 268, which takes place the following Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The poster at Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Arena will be topped with a light heavyweight title match between champion Jan Blachowicz in his second defense against ageless top-ranked competitor Glover Teixeira.
Blachowicz, who is seventh in the UFC pound-for-pound table, won a vacant title with a stoppage by Dominick Reyes at UFC 253 in September 2020 before defending against rising middleweight champion Israel Adesanya with a unanimous decision at UFC 259 in March.
Teixeira, who will be 42 two days before the fight, lost his only previous title by unanimous decision to then-champion Jon Jones at UFC 172 in 2014. He is 10-4 in 14 outings since. that loss, including five straight wins since his last loss on a Fight Night show in 2018.
Sharing title fight status, albeit on an interim basis, in the main co-event are bantamweight Petr Yan and Cory Sandhagen, who will vie for both hardware as well as the coveted position of next in online as a full-fledged champion. Aljamain Sterling declares himself ready to return to action.
Yan was champion from July 2020 to March 2021, defeating Jose Aldo to a vacant 135-pound title before losing to Sterling by disqualification following an illegal knee to the head of a Sterling on the ground.
Sterling and Yan were scheduled to meet again before the now champion stepped down due to persistent neck problems after surgery to heal a long-term injury., per MMA fight‘s Mike Heck and Damon Martin.
The other 13 fights on the show include a myriad of newcomers, familiar veterans, and others who are just hoping to improve their profile for the next time.
The B / R Combat Sports Team went through the remaining menu and identified some of the tastiest highlights.
UFC 267 Main Card (ESPN +)
Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira
Petr Yan vs. Cory Sandhagen
Islam Makhachev vs. Dan Hooker
Alexander Volkov vs. Marcin Tybura
Li Jingliang vs. Khamzat Chimaev
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Volkan Oezdemir
UFC 267 preliminary card (10:30 am)
Amanda Ribas vs. Virna Jandiroba
Ricardo Ramos vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
Albert Duraev vs. Roman Kopylov
Elizeu dos Santos vs. Benoit Saint-Denis
Shamil Gamzatov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Lerone Murphy
Hu Yaozong vs. Andre Petroski
Magomed Mustafaev vs. Damir Ismagulov
Tagir Ulanbekov vs. Allan Nascimento