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UFC 267: Blachowicz vs. Teixeira predictions

Early Saturday afternoon 2pm ET start for main card

The UFC returns to Fight Island in Abu Dhabi for UFC 267, so fans will need to remember the main card begins at 2 p.m. ET in North America.

Kenai Andrews checks in with this thoughts on the main card.

UFC 267 FIGHT PASS PRELIMS (10:30AM ET/7:30AM PT)

TAGIR ULANBEKOV (13-1-0) VS. ALLAN NASCIMENTO (18-5-0)

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1454072129616482304?s=20

Andrews: Nascimento is making his debut. Tagir has but a single UFC bout under his belt. It’s better than nothing. Ulanbekov gets the close win.

Andrews Prediction: Tagir Ulanbekov via UD

YAOZONG HU (3-2-0) VS. ANDRE PETROVSKI (6-1-0)

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1454072376388423682?s=20

Andrews: Petrovski gets the finish with a big shot.

Andrews Prediction: Andre Petrovski via TKO

MAKWAN AMIRKHANI (16-6-0) VS. LERONE MURPHY (10-0-1)

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1454072751271120896?s=20

Andrews: Murphy gets the decision.

Andrews Prediction: Lerone Murphy via UD

MICHAL OLEKSIEJCZUK (15-4-0) VS. SHAMIL GAMZATOV (14-0-0)

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1454073105257799682?s=20

Andrews: Should be a good fight but Shamil edges it out.

Andrews Prediction: Shamil Gamzatov via UD.

ELIZEU ZALESKI DOS SANTOS (22-7-0) VS. BENOIT ST. DENIS (8-0-0)

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1454073479301582849?s=20

Andrews: St. Denis is making his debut and has been mowing down opponents in the Middle East. But I have to go with th experience of Dos Santos to keep it standing.

Andrews Prediction: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos via UD

ALBERT DURAEV (8-0-0) VS. ROMAN KOPYLOV (8-1-0)

Andrews: Duraev is making his debut from DWCS. I think he shakes off the octagon jitters to stun Kopylov.

Andrews Prediction: Albert Duraev via TKO

ZUBAIRA TUKHUGOV (19-5-1) VS. RICARDO RAMOS (15-3-0)

Andrews: Pick ’em. Going with the Ramos to pull it out.

Andrews Prediction:

#10 AMANDA RIBAS (10-2-0) VS. #12 VIRNA JANDIROBA (17-2-0)

Andrews: Can Ribas keep the fight standing as Jandiroba is vulnerable to good striking. Going with Amanda.

Andrews Prediction: Amanda Ribas via UD

#7 MAGOMED ANKALAEV (15-1-0) VS. #8 VOLKAN OEZDEMIR (17-5-0)

Andrews: Oezdemir was legitimate contender years ago but his time has passed. Ankalaev gets the decision.

Andrews Prediction:

#11 JINGLIANG LI (18-6-0) VS. KHAMZAT CHIMAEV (9-0-0)

Andrews: A little concerned about the weight for Chimaev. This could be the opportunity for Li to pull it off. But Chimaev should still win.

Andrews Prediction:

#5 ALEXANDER VOLKOV (33-9-0) VS. #9 MARCIN TYBURA (22-6-0)

Andrews: Will Volkov return to form? If he does, he should win, but I think he has some trouble with the Tybura who seems to do well against big guys.

Andrews Prediction: Marcin Tybura via UD 

#5 ISLAM MAKHACHEV (20-1-0) VS. #6 DAN HOOKER (21-10-0)

Andrews: Hooker is game, but I don’t think he can keep Mackhachev off of him long enough to use his striking.

Andrews Prediction: Islam Makhachev via submission

#1 PETR YAN (15-2-0) VS. #3 COREY SANDHAGEN (14-3-0)

Andrews: Close fight that can go either way on paper. I am going with the strength of Yan.

Andrews Prediction: Petr Van via UD

MAIN EVENT

(C) JAN BLACHOWICZ (28-8-0) VS. #1 GLOVER TEXEIRA (32-7-0)

Andrews: Teixeira is smart but I don’t know if he can overcome the strength of the champion. He makes it interesting but Blachowicz gets the decision.

Andrews Prediction: Jan Blachowicz via UD

Enjoy the fights!

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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