The 42-year-old Teixeira, who holds the UFC all-time data for many submissions and finishes within the mild heavyweight division, was anticipated to face Błachowicz on September 25 at UFC 266 however the bout was postponed and moved to Saturday.
Błachowicz shall be making his second protection of his title, having crushed Israel Adesanya in March by unanimous resolution, whereas it’s Teixeira’s second shot at a UFC title.
Each fighters had no points attaining their weights for the weigh-in and the stage is ready for a blockbuster bout between the 2 finest fighters within the division.
Within the combat earlier than the principle occasion, a highly-anticipated rematch between present bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling and former champion Petr Yan was anticipated after their dramatic combat earlier this 12 months, when Sterling gained the title through disqualification.
Nevertheless, the American withdrew citing a lingering neck situation, so Cory Sandhagen has stepped in to face the Russian in what’s going to decide the interim bantamweight champion.
Yan’s loss to Sterling final trip was solely the second of his profession, and he shall be out to return to successful methods when he takes to the ring in opposition to Sandhagen.
Sandhagen has by no means fought for a UFC title belt, though the 29-year-old is No. 3 within the UFC bantamweight rankings.
The UFC has been internet hosting occasions in Abu Dhabi on account of the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions which have resulted from it.
In June final 12 months, UFC President Dana White selected Yas Island to make sure a protected setting, the place the Division of Tradition and Tourism for Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) sealed off the practically 10-square-mile (25 km) island, which included an enviornment, resort, coaching amenities and eating institutions.
The primary card is slated to start at 2 p.m. ET, with the preliminary card beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET.
This is easy methods to watch the blockbuster occasion on Saturday
Africa: SuperSport Motion
Australia: Fundamental Occasion/Fetch TV/Kayo
India: Sony TEN 1/Sony TEN 2/Sony TEN 3/Sony LIV
Indonesia: Fox Sports activities
Center East: AD Battle/Starzplay/UFC Arabia
Philippines: Fox Sports activities
Republic of Eire: BT Sport 2
Singapore: Fox Sports activities/Fox+
Thailand: Fox Sports activities
United Kingdom: BT Sport 2