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UFC 267: Glover Teixeira flattens out Jan Blachowicz to win light heavyweight title at 42

After over seven years since a disappointing title loss to Jon Jones at UFC 172, Glover Teixeira is atop the 205-pound mountaintop at 42 years old.

Teixeira used some intelligent striking to stun Jan Blachowicz and weaken him in the first round and then used his patented grappling to secure a rear-naked choke in the second round to become the second-oldest UFC champion in history behind Randy Couture.

With his wife Ingrid and longtime trainer John Hackleman watching octagonside, Teixeira quickly secured his first takedown and it was evident that it Blachowicz would have problems if he could not keep the fight standing.

Blachowicz was gracious in defeat, congratulating Teixeira and pledging to come back stronger.

Petyr Yan and Corey Sandhagen earned Fight of the Night while Teixeira and Khamzat Chimaev earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus apiece.

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

UFC 267 FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 

TAGIR ULANBEKOV VS. ALLAN NASCIMENTO

WINNER: TAGIR ILANBEKOV VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALLAN NASCIMENTO VIA UD

Andrews: Close fight as expected.

YAOZONG HU VS. ANDRE PETROVSKI

WINNER: ANDRE PETROVSKI VIA SUBMISSION (ARM-TRIANGLE) R3 4:46

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANDRE PETROVSKI VIA TKO

Andrews: He locked it in with only 14 seconds to spare.

MAKWAN AMIRKHANI  VS. LERONE MURPHY 

WINNER: LERONE MURPHY VIA KO (FLYING KNEE) R2 0:14

ANDREWS PREDICTION: LERONE MURPHY VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! Beautiful flying knee by Murphy.

MICHAL OLEKSIEJCZUK VS. SHAMIL GAMZATOV 

WINNER: MICHAL OLEKSIECZUK VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 3:31

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SHAMIL GAMZATOV VIA TKO

Andrews: Michal wanted to nail him at the weigh-ins but waited till the fight.

ELIZEU ZALESKI DOS SANTOS VS. BENOIT ST. DENIS

WINNER: ELIZEU ZALESKI DOS SANTOS VIA UD (29-26, 29-26, 29-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ELIZEU ZALESKI DOS SANTOS VIA UD

Andrews: Badly officiated fight. Dos Santos should gotten the finish.

ALBERT DURAEV VS. ROMAN KOPYLOV

WINNER: ALBERT DURAEV VIA UD (30-27, 29-27, 29-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROMAN KOPYLOV VIA UD 

Andrews:

ZUBAIRA TUKHUGOV VS. RICARDO RAMOS 

WINNER: ZUBAIRA TUKHUGOV VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RICARDO RAMOS VIA UD

Andrews: Ramos got outworked. 

#11 AMANDA RIBAS VS. #12 VIRNA JANDIROBA 

WINNER: AMANDA RIBAS VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: AMANDA RIBAS VIA UD

Andrews: The striking of Ribas held up.

#7 MAGOMED ANKALAEV VS. #8 VOLKAN OEZDEMIR

WINNER:  MAGOMED ANKALAEV VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MAGOMED ANKALAEV VIA UD

Andrews: Oezdemir’s time has come and gone. He’s just a gatekeeper now.

#11 JINGLIANG LI VS. KHAMZAT CHIMAEV 

WINNER: KHAMZAT CHIMAEV VIA TECH SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 3:16

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KHAMZAT CHIMAEV VIA TKO

Andrews: Valiant effort by Li, but Chimaev was too much.

#5 ALEXANDER VOLKOV VS.  #9 MARCIN TYBURA 

WINNER: ALEXANDER VOLKOV VIA UD

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARCIN TYBURA VIA UD

Andrews: Volkov performed well today.

#5 ISLAM MAKHACHEV VS. #6 DAN HOOKER

WINNER: ISLAM MAKHACHEV VIA SUBMISSION (KIMURA) R1 2:25

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ISLAM MAKHACHEV VIA SUBMISSION 

Andrews: Hooker is a tough guy but Islam got him.

#1 PETR YAN VS. #3 COREY SANDHAGEN 

WINNER: PETYR YAN VIA UD (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PETYR YAN VIA UD

Andrews: Sandhagen did well but Yan figured him out.

MAIN EVENT

(C) JAN BLACHOWICZ VS. #1 GLOVER TEIXEIRA 

WINNER: GLOVER TEIXEIRA VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 3:02

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JAN BLACHOWICZ VIA UD

Andrews: Wow! Glover earned it too! A nice feel good story at 42 years old.

The next event is UFC 268: Usman vs. Covington 2, which is scheduled for Nov. 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Welterweight champion Kamaru Osman defends against Colby Covington in a rematch.

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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