UFC 267 goes down this weekend at the Etihad Arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. In the main event, light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz defends his title against Glover Teixeira.
Both Blachowicz and Teixeira are currently riding a five fight winning streak. The Pole’s most recent win came at UFC 259, where he defended his title against middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. Teixeira’s most recent win came against Thiago Santos at UFC Vegas 13.
Analysis and Prediction
Blachowicz and Teixeira are very well-matched in all departments. With his Muay Thai background, ‘The Prince of Cieszyn,‘ is a strong technical striker with powerful punches and kicks, but he has excellent grappling skills as well. Teixeira isn’t as polished on the feet as the champion, but has vicious knockout power in his hands, and is a terror on the mat, thanks to his BJJ skills. Blachowicz will also have a speed advantage on the night.
Statistically, the two fighters are very even when it comes to offensive striking. Blachowicz lands 3.6 significant strikes per minute on average, while Teixeira lands 3.75. Blachowicz is better defensively as he absorbs 2.8 significant strikes per minute on average, while Teixeira absorbs 3.85.
Blachowicz’s strength lies in his striking, so he will prefer to keep the fight standing, but Teixeira will try to take it to the ground. If he manages to do so, he will have a better chance of pulling off the upset. Blachowicz has a solid takedown defence, however, and he will be a hard man to deal with.
All in all, Blachowicz will avoid the grappling exchanges, and pick his shots on the feet to earn a knockout win on the night.
Prediction: Jan Blachowicz by knockout
Jan Blachowicz (-300)
Glover Teixeira (+235)
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