Glover Teixeira becomes light heavyweight champion at UFC 267

Anthony Smith, UFC
Anthony Smith, UFC

In the main event of UFC 267, the light heavyweight title was on the line. The Polish Power and defending champion Jan Blachowicz (28-8) was defending his title against the veteran Glover Teixeira (32-7).

Back in 2018, Glover Teixeira lost a decision to Corey Anderson. With the loss, he was just 2-3 in five fights and he was getting older. However, Glover wasn’t prepared to hang things up and he’s rattled off five consecutives wins to earn himself another shot at UFC gold.

Back in 2017 at UFC 210, Jan Blachowicz lost a fight to Patrick Cummins. That fight dropped him to 2-4 in six UFC fights. However, things all started to change when he took his career more serious.

The Polish Power went on a streak that saw him go 9-1 leading up to tomorrow night. The top two highlights were winning the UFC title against Dominick Reyes then defending against the previously unbeaten middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.

UFC 267 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 267 main event kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Big low kick lands for Blachowicz and he lands a nice jab behind it. Another good jab for Blachowicz which forces a shot from Glover. Teixeira is able to get the takedown and settles in Blachowicz’s guard.

A couple of soft shots from the top land for Teixeira. Blachowicz is doing a good job of just controlling the posture of Teixeira who continues to look for short elbows from the top. Not a ton of action here happening at the halfway point in the first round.

Nice short elbow lands for the challenger. Another good elbow lands for Teixeira who is just grinding on the champion here in the opening frame. Blachowicz has held Glover in guard throughout this first round but has done nothing to try and get back to his feet.

Another good elbow from the challenger who is completely controlling this opening round against Jan Blachowicz. Big shots from the top from Teixeira. The opening round comes to a close and a dominant opening frame from the challenger at UFC 267.

Round 2

Entering the second round at UFC 267 and Blachowicz needs to find a way to keep the fight standing. Blachowicz plots forward and opens with a jab. Another big jab from Blachowicz and Teixeira tries to close the distance.

The challenger eats a combination and immediately tries for a takedown. However, Blachowicz defends and shakes him off. Teixeira tries to push forward looking for another takedown attempt.

Blachowicz landing well in the second round and is doing a good job of defending takedowns here in the second. Huge shot lands for Teixeira and Blachowicz looks hurt. However, the champion blasts back with a big shot and Teixeira shoots for another takedown.

This time, the challenger gets it and immediately gets to the mount. Blachowicz gives up his back and Teixeira locks in the rear naked choke and Blachowicz taps immediately. Unbelievable story!

Glover Teixeira def. Jan Blachowicz by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 2