ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Glover Teixeira scored a thrilling victory by introducing Poland’s Jan Blasowicz at the Etihad Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday and worked his way up to UFC at UFC 267 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi at this age. of the 42 crowned light heavyweight champions.

Teixeira used his wrestling to win the first round, with both men delivering powerful punches in the second round before Brazilian Blachovich took to the ring and grabbed him from the fence.

The Brazilian quickly pulled away from his opponent before laying a choke on his bare back, forcing the pole to give up quickly at 3:02 on the second lap.

“At 42, I’m breaking the rules and will continue to break them,” Teixeira said in an interview after the fight. The only UFC champion older than Teixeira is former fighter Randy Couture, who was the heavyweight champion at the age of 45.

In the second tournament, former Russian champion Peter Yan won the temporary bantamage weight title after a thrilling five-round battle with American Cory Sandhagen that led to a decisive victory.

Jan lost his belt to Jamin Sterling in March 2021 when he was disqualified for injuring an illegal knee on his head and is expected to claim the rematch for the undisputed crown if Sterling returns with a neck injury.

(Philip O’Connor reports)

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