UFC 267 is officially set for Oct. 30 in Abu Dhabi and will feature two title fights at the top of the card, the organization announced.
Light-heavyweight titleholder Jan Blachowicz will defend his belt against Glover Teixeira in the main event, while a bantamweight championship rematch between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan serves as the co-main event.
Blachowicz (28-8) is coming off a unanimous decision win over middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, who moved up a division in an attempt to get a second title, in March at UFC 259 to extend his current winning streak to five in a row.
Teixeira (32-7) has also won five straight, including back-to-back stoppage victories in 2020 over former title challengers Thiago Santos and Anthony Smith. The 41-year-old would become the oldest 205-pound champion since Randy Couture if he beats Blachowicz.
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Sterling (20-3) won his title via disqualification at UFC 259 when then-champion Yan (15-2) landed an illegal strike late in the fourth round of a fight Yan was winning and in control of. Sterling was unable to continue and the referee ruled it a DQ.
The pair of 135-pounders had several heated verbal and social media exchanges leading up to their first tilt and that has continued in the leadup to the rematch.
Blachowicz opened as a -190 betting favourite over the +165 Teixeira and Yan opened as a heavy -250 favourite over Sterling who opened at +210.
Other bouts reportedly expected to take place at UFC 267 include:
-- Islam Makhachev vs. Rafael dos Anjos
-- Li Jingliang vs. Khamzat Chimaev
-- Volkan Oezdemir vs. Magomed Ankalaev
-- Amanda Ribas vs. Virna Jandiroba
-- Michał Oleksiejczuk vs. Shamil Gamzatov
-- Walt Harris vs. Tai Tuivasa
-- Tagir Ulanbekov vs. Allan Nascimento
-- Alexander Volkov vs. Marcin Tybura
-- Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Ricardo Ramos
-- Makwan Amirkhani vs. Tristan Connelly