This week’s UFC 267 card changes things up with elite, recognized talent competing in the octagon. The event is on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, so that means a 9 a.m. ET start Saturday with athletes from 13 countries competing in the larger 30-foot cage.
We need not worry about name recognition because of the six main-card bouts, 11 of the 12 combatants are ranked in the top 11 of their divisions. The lone exception is Khamzat Chimaev, who will be ranked in the top 15 welterweights after this bout, win or lose.
Last week we lost a split decision with Dwight Grant (+ 110). The one-unit loss brings 2021 profitability to 27-19 (+ 11.72 units).
Let’s turn our attention to this week’s card.
Jan Blachowicz (-250) vs. Glover Teixeira (+ 210)
Light-heavyweight (205 pounds), main event
Teixeira is the No. 1-ranked contender who has earned his way to this bout. At 41, he is grizzled, hardened, experienced, crafty, dangerous on the floor and desperate for this championship opportunity, which comes after 14 years of professional fighting. Teixeira’s 32-7 record displays competitive bouts with every top-ranked light-heavyweight in the last decade.
Any bettor considering Teixeira will be able to count on a fighter who will enter the cage willing to do anything for the opportunity to hold the light-heavyweight strap. His focus, hunger and experience make him one dangerous fighter, and his reputation is such that he’ll have the MMA world rooting for his success.
Over his last 11 bouts, champion Blachowicz has rattled off a 10-1 tally, including a super fight victory over middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in March. What’s more important is that he has been an underdog in all but one of those bouts. The betting market has overlooked Blachowicz, but now he enters the cage as a favorite.