What happened to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 267?

Corey Anderson

It’s been a few days since we saw UFC 267 where Jan Blachowicz (28-9) lost his light heavyweight title to Glover Teixeira (33-7). Of course, the day of the event and the follow up days have all been focused on the 42 year old Teixeira who captured UFC gold after all of these years.

The story is too good to ignore and Teixeira deserved all the shine that he got. However, I started thinking about the former champion. Thinking about the incredible run that he went on over the past few years that saw him capture UFC gold.

Jan Blachowicz was at one point 2-4 in six fights. He truly looked like a fighter who was about to be cut by the UFC. However, things started to change and the Polish Power presented itself. Blachowicz’s would go on a stretch where he was 9-1.

In those wins he had wins over Israel Adesanya, Dominick Reyes, Corey Anderson, Luke Rockhold, and others. He truly looked like the best light heavyweight in the world not just in the UFC. However, Saturday night, he didn’t look close to being the best in the world.

What happened at UFC 267 and what’s next?

The performance was not good from Blachowicz on Saturday. He was beaten to the punch on the feet by Teixeira and he had no answer for Glover’s takedowns. Anyone who is anyone knew that the only way Teixeira would win is by getting takedowns.

He was able to get them easily at UFC 267. Blachowicz never landed anything of significance that backed off Teixeira. In the second round, Teixeira actually rocked Blachowicz on the feet before a takedown led to a choke and the finish.

I was stunned by the result and honestly thought Blachowicz would knock him out. After beating the guys he did, I didn’t think Blachowicz could lose to Glover at UFC 267. Maybe the Polish Power thought the same thing.

Whether you want to say it was just a bad night or whether you want to say he overlooked Teixeira, no matter what, something went wrong at UFC 267. So, what does Jan Blachowicz do now that he’s lost in the fashion that he did.

Well, he’s going to need a big win to show he’s still at the top of the division. Guys like Aleksandar Rakic or Anthony Smith could be on deck for Blachowicz. Either way, Blachowicz should be put right back in there with a top contender so he can prove to the UFC, he’s still the same guy with the legendary Polish Power.

What’s next for Dan Hooker after UFC 267?

Last Saturday at UFC 267, Dan Hooker (21-11) fought for the second time in just over a month when he took on Islam Makhachev (21-1). Hooker was trying to pick up his second straight win which would’ve had him right back in the title picture at lightweight.

For Hooker, the key at UFC 267 was going to be avoiding the takedown. If he couldn’t stay on his feet, it was going to be a steep road to victory. Unfortunately, he didn’t do himself a favor in the opening exchanges of the fight.

Hooker needed to strike from distance, which is what he started doing. However, he through a leg kick that was immediately caught and chained into a takedown for Makhachev. Once the fight touched the mat, it was virtually over.

Makhachev went right through the guard of Hooker and secured a dominant position. Once there, Makhachev locked in a kimura and forced Hooker to verbally tap at UFC 267 giving Hooker his third loss in his last four fights.

What’s next after UFC 267?

Last summer, Dan Hooker headlined a UFC Fight Night against Dustin Poirier. Had he won that fight, he would’ve likely been in line for a title shot. He started that fight extremely well and won the early rounds against Poirier.

However, Poirier came on really strong and won a decision. Then, Hooker was knocked out by Michael Chandler back in January. He bounced back against Nasrat Haqparast before stumbling against Islam Makhachev.

The thing that’s clear to me is that Hooker is one of the best lightweights in the UFC. However, at the same time, he’s not at the top of the division. After watching him take on some of the best, Hooker is more in the mid-tier to lower half of the top ten.

Still incredibly good and talented, but a step behind the elites of the UFC. So after this latest loss, what’s next for The Hangman? I still want to see the battle between Hooker and Tony Ferguson (25-6). This is a tremendous fight on paper and I truly believe it’s the right fight for both men. Time will tell if the UFC likes this one as well.

Is Islam Makhachev – Beneil Dariush the fight to make after UFC 267?

This past Saturday on the main card of UFC 267, a featured contest took place in the lightweight division. Dagestani standout Islam Makhachev (21-1) took on “The Hangman” Dan Hooker (21-11) as both men looked to take a step towards the lightweight title.

Entering UFC 267, Makhachev had won eight consecutive bouts since his last loss. He’s looked more and more dominant every time he’s stepped in the cage. Hooker was the first time he was facing an opponent inside the top ten who looked like a legit threat.

The key to the entire fight was going to be whether or not Makhachev could land a takedown.
Well, we got our answer very quickly. Makhachev was able to catch a leg kick from Hooker in the opening minutes and he dragged him to the ground.

Once on the ground, it was all Makhachev. He moved into a dominant position and was able to lock in a kimura. Hooker tried to defend but was forced to tap and Makhachev got another dominant win in the UFC‘s lightweight division.

What’s next after UFC 267?

Makhachev made it clear that he believes he should be next for the UFC lightweight title. He pointed to the fact that Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler (Who fight this week at UFC 268) have already fought for the title before.

Next month, Charles Oliveira defends the lightweight crown against Dustin Poirier. So, will the UFC book Makhachev against the winner of one of those fights? Actually, I think there’s another opponent that makes more sense and that’s Beneil Dariush (21-4-1).

Dariush has now won seven straight fights himself. He’s currently ranked above Makhachev in the UFC’s lightweight rankings at the time of this article. Dariush would be a massive test for Makhachev given his background in wrestling and grappling.

I think the UFC is potentially going to book these two against each other. Makhachev and Dariush would provide a clear number one contender and it would provide a top contender who hasn’t challenged for the title.

Who is next for Khamzat Chimaev after UFC 267?

This past Saturday on the main card of UFC 267, we saw a welterweight showdown between phenom Khamzat Chimaev (10-0) and Li Jingliang (18-7). Li entered the contest ranked 11th and was supposed to present the first real challenge for Chimaev in the UFC.

Chimaev stormed on the scene last year with three quick wins over quality opponents in the span of three months. With how dominant he was the UFC rushed him to the top and booked him against top welterweight contender Leon Edwards.

However, a rough battle with COVID kept Chimaev on the shelf for over a year. This past Saturday, he finally returned and many wondered how he would look. Chimaev looked to be the same, but there were questions about his performance after a battle with COVID.

Couple that with Li as his opponent and it wasn’t expected to be easy for Chimaev. Well, at UFC 267 Chimaev made it look easier than ever. Moments into the fight, Chimaev shot in on Li and picked him up and carried him over to where Dana White was sitting.

Chimaev talked with White as he slammed Li to the ground. From there, the Chechen proceeded to smash Li before locking up a rear naked choke and putting him to sleep. Chimaev has fought four times in the UFC, he’s 4-0 and he’s only been hit once.

What’s next after UFC 267?

I swear I’m not exaggerating in saying this, but I truly believe that Khamzat Chimaev could compete with either of the welterweights fighting at UFC 268. Whether that be the champion Kamaru Usman or the challenger Colby Covington, I really believe Chimaev can compete.

Whether he would win or not in a potential fight with those two is a different story. With how good he looks, what should the UFC do with him next? Well, I think I want to see him fight one more guy on the back end of the top ten before jumping straight to a title eliminator.

Chimaev and Neil Magny (25-8) have had some back-and-forth for a while. Magny has already come out and said that he wanted to fight Chimaev next. UFC President Dana White said the promotion will also talk with Nate Diaz (20-13) about potentially fighting Chimaev.

However, I find it highly unlikely that Diaz would accept that fight. My guess is that Magny is going to be the guy and I think it’ll happen sooner rather than later. Given the way Chimaev is, I wouldn’t even rule out the UFC booking this fight before the end of the year.

Jiri Prochazka awaits Glover Teixeira after UFC 267

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC 267, the light heavyweight title was on the line. Poland’s Jan Blachowicz (28-9) was defending his title against 42 year old Glover Teixeira (32-8) who was getting his second chance at UFC gold.

The fight started perfectly for the challenger on Saturday when Teixeira was able to land a takedown. Takedowns were going to be key if he was going to stop the legendary Polish Power and immediately, Teixeira was able to get the takedown.

In the second round, Teixeira was actually able to wobble the champion on the feet before getting him back to the ground. Once on the ground, Teixeira went right through the champion and submitted him to become UFC light heavyweight champion.

Tears were flowing all around as one of the good guys of the sport pulled off this miraculous run to become light heavyweight champion at this stage of his career. The victory at UFC 267 gave Teixeira his light heavyweight title, but it also earned him a date with perhaps the best light heavyweight on the planet.

Prochazka’s UFC Title Shot

While Dana White didn’t confirm after UFC 267, it’s clear that the next title shot belongs to Jiri Prochazka (28-3-1). Prochazka hasn’t lost a fight since 2015 and he’s started out perfect in the UFC since joining the promotion last year.

In his first two fights, he’s taken on former title challengers Dominick Reyes and Volkan Oezdemir. Neither one of those guys made it past the second round. Earlier this year, Prochazka had his first taste of a main event opposite Dominick Reyes.

Prochazka put on a clinic and knocked Reyes out with a spinning back elbow in the second round. In my opinion, Prochazka is the best light heavyweight in the UFC and in the world. However, Glover Teixeira has proved me wrong over and over again.

The champion said after UFC 267 that he’d like to take a couple of months off before the Prochazka fight. My guess is we will see this fight in the spring. Despite Glover’s current run, expect Prochazka to be a sizeable betting favorite when these two finally meet.

UFC: Aljamain Sterling wants to fight Petr Yan in January or February

This past Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 267, Petr Yan (16-2) took on Cory Sandhagen (14-4) for the interim bantamweight championship. The winner of this matchup was expected to unify the UFC bantamweight title against Aljamain Sterling (20-3).

The fight started out like many Petr Yan fights. He likes to almost take the first round to download what his opponent is doing. In a way, he reminds me a lot of Floyd Mayweather. The opponent will get a little lead in the opening round while he figures the opponent out.

Sandhagen was doing a really good job of using his range early in round one. To the outside eye, Sandhagen was looking like a difficult puzzle for Yan at UFC 267. However, Yan was just getting started and he was analyzing what Sandhagen was doing.

Everything changed once the second round started. On my scorecard, Yan won every round after the first round at UFC 267. He hurt Sandhagen a few times including dropping him once. His counters were precise and it was a clear decision win for Yan who became the interim bantamweight champion.

UFC Unification Bout

Today on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, the UFC champion Aljamain Sterling appeared to talk about the timeline of the unification bout. The Funkmaster said that he texted UFC match maker Sean Shelby immediately after the fight between Yan and Sandhagen concluded.

Sterling said that he wants the UFC to make the fight for either January or February. Originally, Sterling was supposed to rematch with Yan at UFC 267. The interim title came about when Sterling wasn’t cleared to compete after undergoing neck surgery earlier this year.

Sterling captured the title at UFC 259 when he defeated Yan by disqualification. That fight honestly went a lot like the Yan – Sandhagen fight. Sterling got off to a really good start, and once Yan downloaded the data, it became a beating.

Yan landed an illegal knee which caused the fight to end in the fourth round. Now, the two men will settle the score and determine who is the true best bantamweight in the UFC. Look for this fight to take place in Q1 of next year, but the exact date won’t be finalized for a few weeks.

What’s next for Amanda Ribas after UFC 267 win?

This past Saturday in the featured prelim of UFC 267, Amanda Ribas (11-2) returned to the octagon to face fellow Brazilian and top fifteen strawweight Virna Jandiroba (17-3). Ribas was looking to bounce back after her first UFC loss which came back in January.

So far in her career with the promotion, we’ve seen Ribas display her great skills on the mat. However, her striking has lacked behind just a little. That really showed itself when she took on Marina Rodriguez back in January and got stopped in the second round.

The loss made Ribas go back to the drawing board and address some of the holes in her game. A matchup against BJJ world champion Virna Jandiroba seemed like the perfect opportunity to show off her striking and that is what Ribas did at UFC 267.

Ribas looked like a completely different fighter on the feet Saturday. She was incredibly loose with her hands and mixed up her combinations well. Ribas rocked Jandiroba multiple times on her way to getting a lopsided decision win to get her back on track.

What’s next after UFC 267?

This was a really big win for Ribas at UFC 267. After her first loss with the promotion, she said she had to figure out whether or not she still wanted to fight for a living. There were a lot of doubts, but she proved to herself and the world that she’s going no where.

After that impressive win, what should the UFC do with Ribas next? Well, I don’t think they should rush her right back to the top of the division, but they should give her a solid opponent that’s in the ballpark of her current ranking.

I think that the ideal matchup would be pairing Ribas with Tecia Torres (13-5). The Tiny Tornado has won three consecutive fights and she’s looking for a quality opponent as well. This would be a great fight for both ladies and it would give the UFC a solid contender on the upswing depending on who walks away victorious.

Glover Teixeira becomes light heavyweight champion at UFC 267

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

Petr Yan defeats Cory Sandhagen at UFC 267

In the co-main event of UFC 267, we saw a battle for the interim bantamweight title. Former bantamweight champion Petr Yan (15-2) was trying to regain some gold as he took on “The Sandman” Cory Sandhagen (14-3).

This matchup came together after the champion, Aljamain Sterling, wasn’t cleared to compete following neck surgery. Yan lost the title to Sterling back at UFC 259 in an extremely controversial manner. The former champion was completely dominating the latter half of the fight.

However, an illegal knee caused the fight to end and Sterling won the UFC title by DQ. It was also the first UFC loss for Yan who had started out a perfect 7-0 inside the octagon on his way to capturing the title.

Cory Sandhagen would have likely had a title shot against Yan earlier this year had Yan not lost by DQ. He was the clear number one contender, but was forced to sit on the sidelines waiting his turn. The UFC decided to book Sandhagen against TJ Dillashaw.

Dillashaw won a razor close split decision, but suffered a knee injury due to a heel hook attempt by Sandhagen. With Dillashaw out and the fight having been razor close, the UFC opted for Sandhagen as Yan’s challenger.

UFC 267 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 267 co-main event kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Yan immediately takes the center as Sandhagen circles along the outside. Nice leg kick lands for Sandhagen. Good jab for Sandhagen as well. Powerful low kick from Yan finds it’s home.

Good right hand for Sandhagen who looks really sharp here early on. Powerful leg kick from Sandhagen nearly spins around Yan. Another jab and leg kick lands for Sandhagen. Massive left hook just misses from Yan.

Yan turning up the pressure a little but Sandhagen immediately retakes the center with a big hook to the body. Body kick lands for Yan and Sandhagen counters with a combination to the body. Another leg kick lands for Sandhagen.

Good combination from Sandhagen and then Sandhagen gets a body lock on Yan. Yan walks to the cage and is able to separate. Another good combination lands for Sandhagen. Powerful body kick lands for Petr Yan. Both men exchange big leg kicks.

Sandhagen doubling up on the jab. Early on the reach is a massive advantage for Sandhagen. Body kick from Sandhagen. Lead left hook and jab lands for Sandhagen. Lots of pressure from Sandhagen who shoots for another takedown.

Big elbow lands for the former UFC champion. Calf kick from Yan lands just as the round ends. Great first round for The Sandman at UFC 267.

Round 2

Entering the second round at UFC 267 and the momentum is definitely with Sandhagen. Yan takes the center again to start the second. Body kick from Yan opens up the striking. Powerful leg kick from Yan lands. Another big body klick from Yan who is opening up more.

Sandhagen pushes forward and looks for a combination. Powerful rip to the body from Yan. Sandhagen unleashes his own shot to the body. Yan lands a body kick but Sandhagen again counters with a beautiful shot to the body.

Nice hook lands for Sandhagen and Yan counters with a leg kick. Body kick from Yan then he goes to the leg. Big left hook over the top from Petr Yan. Sandhagen is definitely slower here in the second round. Another big left lands for Petr Yan.

Sandhagen pushes forward and tries to get it back with his own big left hand. Huge combination from Yan lands just after. Nasty body kick from Petr Yan lands and Sandhagen opens up his hands to counter. Big takedown attempt from Sandhagen is stuffed by Yan.

Big elbow on the break from Yan. Sandhagen missing a lot more here in the second round as Yan plots forward. Nice left hand lands for Yan. Sandhagen landed some decent shots but round two at UFC 267 was all about Petr Yan.

Round 3

I have it all even after two here at UFC 267. Yan takes the center again to start the third. Sandhagen is the one that starts the striking in this round with a nice combination. Nice spinning back kick to the body lands for Yan.

Sandhagen with a nice leg kick. Left straight lands for Yan and Sandhagen responds with a straight shot of his own. Hand fighting in the center and both men looking for an opening. Huge rip to the body for Yan. 1-2 lands for Sandhagen.

Both men displaying really good defense here in the second. Big uppercut lands for Yan and he lands a nice straight behind it. Sandhagen tries to answer but Yan’s defense is clean. Yan pushes forward and lands a couple of additional big shots on Sandhagen.

Sandhagen looks for his jab as he circles. Another big combination lands for Yan and Sandhagen tries to respond but nothing home. Massive body kick from Yan and then he follows it with a combination that drops Sandhagen.

Yan is all over him here and Sandhagen is trying to survive. A scramble finds Sandhagen on top but Yan scrambles and they are back to standing. Round comes to a close and it’s 2-1 Yan at UFC 267.

Round 4

Entering the fourth at UFC 267 and Sandhagen needs to get some momentum back. Yan pushes forward immediately to start the fourth round. Sandhagen working his feints and lands a really nice straight right hand.

Yan counters with a big combination of his own. Sandhagen going back to his jabs which seems to be working here in the fourth. However, Yan is blasting him back with massive power, but Sandhagen is taking it well.

Clean counter lands for the former champion. Yan pressuring Sandhagen against the fence then unloads with a combination. Sandhagen is really starting to get busted up by Yan here in the fourth round.

Sandhagen shoots in for a takedown and is able to get Yan down. He tries for a heel hook but Yan slips right out and they are back to striking. Once they are, Yan really starts turning it on. Huge shots up top and huge shots to the body lands for Yan.

Sandhagen is looking hurt to me here in the fourth round. Another massive combination from Yan lands and Sandhagen is starting to swell up. Huge shot lands for Yan which forces a Sandhagen shot. Yan is in complete control here. The round ends and it’s 3-1 Yan at UFC 267.

Round 5

Entering the final round and Cory Sandhagen needs a finish at UFC 267. Yan immediately moves forward again to start the fifth. Sandhagen looks a little more fresh here in the fifth as he starts to work his jab.

Two good left hooks land for Yan and he spins Sandhagen with a low kick. Sandhagen looks for a flying knee but doesn’t come close. Big shot lands for Yan. Body kick lands for Yan and Sandhagen circles on the outside.

Yan plotting forward and looks for big shots but Sandhagen dodges well. Sandhagen looks much better here in the final round. Nice combination lands for Sandhagen. Huge head kick from Yan lands right on the chin and Sandhagen just eats it.

Sandhagen pushes forward and rips to the body to counter. Nice uppercut lands for Yan as Sandhagen circles. Another good combination from Yan. Body kick from Sandhagen and Yan again plots forward. Big spinning back fist lands for Yan then he lands a clean left straight.

Nice knee from Sandhagen and these two just throw down as the final round comes to a close. Insane fight and Petr Yan should be getting UFC gold wrapped around his waste.

Petr Yan def. Cory Sandhagen by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

Islam Makhachev submits Dan Hooker at UFC 267

On the main card of UFC 267 we saw a tremendous lightweight contest between Dan “The Hangman” Hooker (21-10) and Islam Makhachev (20-1). Hooker was looking for his second win in just over a month while Makhachev was going for his eighth straight win.

The dream for AKA and Eagles MMA was for Islam Makhachev to take over for Khabib Nurmagomedov right after the former UFC lightweight champion retired and Makhachev just might be on his way. He’s 9-1 in the UFC and right now he looks like he could be one of if not the best in the world.

Standing in his way of another win today was the tough Dan Hooker. Last month, Hooker took on Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 266 and was able to pick up the decision win. After Rafael Dos Anjos pulled out of this UFC 267 matchup with Makhachev, Hooker immediately stepped up for this massive opportunity.

UFC 267 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 267 lightweight contest kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Hooker immediately looks for the jab as the two start. Front kick to the body from Hooker. Nice leg kick from Hooker as Makhachev is looking for an opening early.

Both men exchange jabs and Makhachev catches a kick from Hooker and takes him down. Makhachev settles in to halfguard and starts working to advance position. Knee to the body lands from Makhachev. Nice elbows land for Makhachev who keeps trying to advance.

Makhachev starts working for a kimura and Hooker is trying to defend. However, Makhachev locks it in and steps over. It’s deep and Hooker is forced to verbally tap and Makhachev gets another huge win at UFC 267.

Islam Makhachev def. Dan Hooker by Submission (Kimura) – Round 1