Jan Blachowicz (c) vs. Glover Teixeira -- Round 2: Blachowicz worked off the jab early in the round, trying to keep Teixeira at range. Teixeira tried for a takedown but Blachowicz managed to defend and stay upright. Blachowicz landed a hard uppercut before Teixeira pushed into a clinch which Blachowicz backed out of. Teixeira landed a hard left hook that stumbled the champ but Blachowicz came back with his own flurry. Teixeira ended up on top on the ground near the halfway point of the round, passing all the way to mount. Blachowicz gave up his back and Teixeira locked in the rear-naked choke to force the submission and Glover Teixeira is now the undisputed UFC light heavyweight champion! Official result: Glover Teixeira def. Jan Blachowicz via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2
The highs and lows experienced in a single mixed martial arts bout are rarely on as clear a display as after Glover Teixeira submitted Jan Blachowicz in the second round of Saturday's UFC 267 main event. As the 42-year-old Teixeira had the light heavyweight championship belt wrapped around his waist, Blachowicz was slumped in the corner with his head in his hands, looking to be almost in a state of disbelief.
The win completed an unlikely fairy tale story for Teixeira, who went on a five-fight winning streak to secure a second chance at the title after losing to then-champion Jon Jones in April 2014. Teixeira continued to grind away for the next seven years, constantly mixing it up with the best in the division before Jones vacated the title to move to heavyweight and Blachowicz claimed the vacant title.
"Never give up on your dreams," Teixeira said after his victory. "No matter what people say. They're going to put you down. Don't listen to them."
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Teixeira came out aggressively in the fight, which took place at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, scoring an early takedown in Round 1 and keeping Blachowicz on the defensive for the entire first five minutes. The takedown didn't come quite so easily in the second round and Blachowicz seemed to be getting on track when Teixeira landed a crushing left hand that hurt the champion.
As the fight hit the ground a second time, Teixeira managed to move to full mount before sinking in the rear-naked choke when Blachowicz gave up his back. It took only seconds for Blachowicz to begin tapping the canvas as his title reign came to an end.
For Teixeira, it was the culmination of a near 20-year journey in mixed martial arts after he turned professional in 2002 and debuted in the UFC in 2012.
"20 years, baby," Teixeira said. "I have no words to describe. I'm thinking so many things. I thought about what I'm going to say and I don't have it. I was talking to [UFC president Dana White] earlier today about how he made the UFC by breaking the rules. I'm breaking the rules at 42 years old and I'm going to keep breaking those rules."
Elsewhere on the card, Petr Yan is once again golden after a masterful performance against Cory Sandhagen in the co-main event. Yan took a unanimous decision from his opponent to earn the interim bantamweight title as full champ Aljamain Sterling continues to recover from neck surgery.
Plus, Islam Makhachev and Khamzat Chimaev reminded why they could have next in the lightweight and welterweight divisions, respectively, with dominant outings on the undercard. Makhachev scored a first-round submission via kimura over Dan Hooker to run his winning streak to nine. Chimaev, meanwhile, dominated Li Jingliang for a first-round sub of his own as he has absorbed just one significant strike through his first four appearances in the Octagon.
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UFC 267 card and results
- Glover Teixeira def. Jan Blachowicz (c) via second-round submission (rear-naked choke)
- Petr Yan (ic) def. Cory Sandhagen via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
- Islam Makhachev def. Dan Hooker via first-round submission (kimura)
- Alexander Volkov def. Marcin Tybura via decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Khamzat Chimaev def. Li Jingliang via first-round submission (rear-naked choke)
- Magomed Ankalaev def. Volkan Oezdemir via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Amanda Ribas def. Virna Jandiroba via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Zubaira Tukhugov def. Ricardo Ramos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Albert Duraev def. Roman Kopylov via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 29-27)
- Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos def. Benoit Saint-Denis via unanimous decision (29-26, 29-26, 29-26)
- Michal Oleksiejczuk def. Shamil Gamzatov via first-round TKO (punches)
- Lerone Murphy def. Makwan Amirkhani via second-round knockout (knee)
- Andre Petroski def. Yaozong Hu via third-round submission (arm-triangle choke)
- Tagir Ulanbekhov def. Allan Nascimento via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)