The light heavyweight division will continue to move in 2021 after it was announced that Jan Blachowicz will defend his title against Glover Teixeira at UFC 266 in September.
The 38-year-old champion won the belt for the first time in his career with a knockout win over Dominick Reyes at UFC 253 last September after Jon Jones vacated the title to move up to heavyweight.
He then made history in the first defence of his crown at UFC 259 in March, becoming the first man to defeat Israel Adesanya as the middleweight champion moved up to 205lbs to try and become a simultaneous champion.
Adesanya opted to move up after clearing out the 185lbs division, which meant that Brazilian veteran Teixeira was forced to wait for his chance at the title.
Teixeira is 41-years-old now but is currently enjoying a big five-fight win streak since 2019 including a knockout win over former title contenders Anthony Smith and then most recently a submission win over Thiago Santos at UFC Vegas 13.
He previously fought for the title in 2014 against Jon Jones, but was dominated to a five-round decision defeat at UFC 172.
Both men had expressed an interest in fighting each other prior to the Adesanya bout rearing it’s head and after Blachowicz secured the huge win and it became clear that Jones has no interest in returning to light heavyweight, this was the obvious fight to make on both sides.
Blachowicz has shown a well-rounded game during this five-fight win streak of his own, with three of those wins coming via knockout to add to his nine career submission wins before that. He has shown an excellent fight IQ to mix up his attacks and has proven that he is a more than credible threat and a legitimate champion.
For Teixeira, he’s turned his game on its head recently. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert, Glover had previously been known more for his brilliant boxing ability. But three of his last five wins have come via submission and he will need to mix up his game for this upcoming title fight in September to get the better of the legendary Polish power.
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