UFC 267: All You Need to Know About the Event At long last, the UFC makes its much-awaited return to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi for UFC 267, where fans witnessed Dustin Poirier’s highlight KO of Conor McGregor at UFC 257. Above all, this event seems to be one of the more stacked cards of the year and fans will be hoping for a good showing from all the fighters. Hence, let’s go through everything that you need to know about the upcoming UFC 267 event.
Headlining the event we have current light heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz taking on #1 ranked Glover Teixeira. As for the co-main, we have the interim bantamweight title fight between Petr Yan and Cory Sandhagen. In addition to that, we have many more big fights with names like Islam Makhachev, Dan Hooker, Alexander Volkov, and Khamzat Chimaev all on the card.
Coming off a win against middleweight champ Israel Adesanya, Blachowicz will be confident of his chances against the veteran Teixeira. As for the co-main, a late injury to Aljamain Sterling means that an interim belt had to be created. Although Petr Yan would have preferred to exact revenge against Sterling, for now, Cory Sandhagen will have to suffice.
UFC 267 Fight Card
Turning our attention to the fight card, the UFC is bringing some of the very best fighters on the roster. Previously, UFC 266 and UFC Vegas 41 brought us instant classics in the Featherweight and Middleweight divisions. Hence, fight fans will be expecting a high level of performance from the rest come Saturday the 30th. Let’s take a look at all the fights lined up for the night:
Main Card (2 pm ET/ 11 am PT)
Jan Błachowicz vs Glover Teixeira (Light Heavyweight)
Petr Yan vs Cory Sandhagen (Bantamweight)
Islam Makhachev vs Dan Hooker (Lightweight)
Alexander Volkov vs Marcin Tybura (Heavyweight)
Jingliang Li vs Khamzat Chimaev (Welterweight)
Magomed Ankalaev vs Volkan Oezdemir (Light Heavyweight)
Preliminary Card ( 10:30 am ET/7:30 am PT)
Amanda Ribas vs Virna Jandiroba (Women’s Strawweight)
Zubaira Tukhugov vs Ricardo Ramos (Featherweight)
Albert Duraev vs Roman Kopylov (Middleweight)
M. Oleksiejczuk vs Shamil Gamzatov (Light Heavyweight)
Makwan Amirkhani vs Lerone Murphy (Featherweight)
Yaozong Hu vs Andre Petroski (Middleweight)
Damir Ismagulov vs Magomed Mustafaev (Lightweight)
Tagir Ulanbekov vs Allan Nascimento (Flyweight)
Why is UFC 267 a Non-PPV Event?
UFC 267 is slated for Oct. 30 in Abu Dhabi. Jan x Glover for the 205 belt and Aljo x Yan for the 135 title are the title fights. This is out there.
Interestingly enough, though, the event is currently scheduled to be a non-PPV numbered event in USA, I’m told. Some combo of E/E+.
UFC 267 is going to be the first non- PPV event since 2011. As first reported by MMA journalist Ariel Helwani, the event will be an ESPN/ESPN+ combo. Although there are no official reasons yet, it is assumed that due to the event taking place earlier than normal,(for the US) the PPV is made free to attract the usual numbers. Secondly, despite making UFC 267 a non-PPV event, the UFC will be more than able to recoup the amount via Middle Eastern sponsorships and UFC 268 just a week later at the MSG.
Since the event is non-PPV, it means that fighters will not be receiving any share of the PPV revenue. Therefore, the mainsource of earnings for UFC 267 fighters will be the base salaries. However, rest assured that the fighters will receive ample compensation by way of sponsorships, bonuses, and fight week incentives.
How To Watch UFC 267?
Jan Blachowicz of Poland punches Israel Adesanya of Nigeria in their UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credits: Getty Images)
As mentioned previously, the event takes place earlier than usual for many around the world. Hence, the event will air exclusively in the United States on Saturday, October 30. Additionally, the broadcast will be a special ESPN+ presentation and will be available to all ESPN+ subscribers ( for $9.99) without any additional cost.
As always, fight fans in the United Kingdom can purchase the fight via BT Sports Box Office for £19.95. Moreover, the prelims and early prelims will be available via the BT Sports Monthly Pass for £25 per month. Keep in mind, DAZN holds the rights for UFC in most of the European countries. As for India, you can view the fight via Sony Liv and Foxtel Main Event in Australia for AU$54.95.
UFC 267 Odds, Picks, and Predictions
Glover Teixeira of Brazil punches Anthony Smith in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night Event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 13, 2020, in Jacksonville, Florida. (Credits: Getty Images)
For the most part, this is a very important card along with the LHW and interim bantamweight title on the line. Moreover, fighters will be looking to make the most of the opportunity and solidify their position in their respective divisions.
Such high stakes also mean that there can be multiple possibilities and outcomes. Hence, if you are into betting or looking to get started, you can learn a lot of thingsin this Betway review. Moreover, reviews like these will help you select the best platform for betting and help you make a significant profit on your bets. Thus, you can rest assured that it is lucrative, exciting, and worth the risk.
Now, let’s take a look at the betting odds and the bookies’ choices along with our UFC 267 predictions.
Jan Błachowicz (-280) vs Glover Teixeira (+225)
As both fighters are on a five-fight win streak, their confidence will be through the roof. Although Jan (28-8-0) is the current champion and rightfully the favorite, he is followed closely by the veteran Teixeira (32-7-0). However, Blachowicz has age on his side, and his overall game has come leaps and bounds over the years. Although it will be a close one, we expect “The Legendary Polish Power” to prevail and retain the title.
Prediction: Jan Blachowicz by Decision.
Petr Yan of Russia knees Aljamain Sterling in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credits: Getty Images)
Petr Yan (-235) vs Cory Sandhagen (+190)
With both fighters coming off of (unfair) losses, both of them will be eager to break into the win column once again. However, Petr Yan (15-2-0) will also have his sights set on the bantamweight title and his eventual revenge against Aljamain Sterling. For now, though, the interim title will have to suffice and according to the bookies, he’s got a good chance of winning it. Whilst Sandhagen (14-3-0) is no pushover either, he will have to come up with something special if he intends to win.
Prediction: Petr Yan by Decision.
Islam Makhachev (-550) vs Dan Hooker (+400)
After making a quick and impressive turnaround from his win at UFC 266, Dan Hooker (21-10-0) replaces Rafael Dos Anjos. However, standing in front of him is Khabib’s protege, Islam Makhachev. Whilst Makhachev is all the hype right now, Hooker is also not an easy opponent. Hence, we expect a great fight between the two lightweights. Although it will be a close contest, we feel that Islam’s wrestling game could tip the scales in his favor.
Prediction: Islam Makhachev by Submission or Decision.
Alexander Volkov (-310) vs. Marcin Tybura (+245)
Next up, we have two explosive heavyweights ready to put on another big throwdown. Although coming off a loss against the interim champ Cyril Gane, Volkov (33-9-0) is the favorite to win this fight. On the other hand, Marcin Tybura (22-6-0) has been slowly building his resume and knocking heads off for fun. Naturally, a heavyweight fight can go either way in a split second, so we’re not too sure who takes it. However, we can predict that everyone is going to enjoy this one.
Prediction: Marcin Tybura by KO/TKO.
Jingliang Li (+330) vs Khamzat Chimaev (-145)
Further, we witness the long-awaited return of Khamzat Chimaev (9-0-0). In what will only be his 4th fight in the UFC, Chimaev is a big favorite simply due to his raw strength and power. Even though his opponent Jiangiang Li (18-6-0) is a good fighter, it will take a miracle and a half for him to stop the wave that is Khamzat.
Prediction: Khamzat Chimaev by KO/TKO.
Magomed Ankalaev (-350) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (+270)
Finally, in the first fight of the main card, we have another bout at LHW. Whilst these two fighters may not be too highly ranked, they could soon find themselves within touching distance of the top 5 if they win. Ankalaev (15-1-0) has looked dominant in 6 straight fights and could very well make it 7 as per the bookies. Oezdemir’s (17-5-0) chin has been a cause for worry, especially after his knockout loss to Jiri Prochazka. Hence, if he leaves himself open like last time, Volkan may well find himself face down into the canvas once again.