Blachowicz vs Teixeira Moved to October 30, Likely in Abu Dhabi

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Jan Blachowicz following his first title defense at UFC 259. Photo: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

The light-heavyweight championship bout between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira has been moved from UFC 266 to UFC 267 on October 30.

As more locations open up amidst coronavirus pandemic, the UFC continues to shuffle their schedule to accommodate match-ups.  The light heavyweight championship bout between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira that was previously scheduled for September 25 at UFC 266 is now scheduled for October 30 at UFC 267.  Though still unconfirmed, it is expected that the event will take place in Abu Dhabi.  Ag Fight was first to report the news.

The move is the latest as they continue to go to more locations following a long string of events at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and the Fight Island bubble in Abu Dhabi.  First, UFC 266 was expected to be held on September 04 but was moved back to the 25th to accommodate the UFC Fight Night that they are looking to hold in London.  Should the plans come to fruition, the event on September 04 would be their first in England since 2019.

The UFC will still hold UFC 266 on September 25, although the removal of Blachowicz and Teixeira from the card suggests that the promotion will expedite the booking of another championship bout.  The first title defense for Francis Ngannou figures to be the frontrunner for the slot, although a title defense for Kamaru Usman or the feathweight championship bout between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega could conceivably be the headliner as well.

Blachowicz is looking to record his second title defense after previously defeating Israel Adesanya back in March.  Teixeira is looking to extend his five fight win-streak and win the UFC title in his second attempt after a run that has seen him turn back former title challengers Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos.

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