The UFC is again on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi with a pair of title fights this week.
UFC 267 takes place Saturday at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. The card streams on ESPN+.
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In the primary occasion, mild heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz (28-8 MMA, 11-5 UFC) places his title on the road towards challenger Glover Teixeira (32-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC). Blachowicz is an enormous -320 favourite at Tipico; the comeback on Teixeira is +235. Our 13 editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers are selecting Blachowicz at a 9-4 clip.
In the co-feature, Cory Sandhagen (14-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) meets former champ Petr Yan (15-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) for the interim bantamweight title. Yan is a -220 favourite, however in a shock, it’s Sandhagen with the smallest attainable 7-6 edge within the picks. (Our readers are taking Yan at a hefty 70 % margin.)
Also on the primary card, Dan Hooker (21-10 MMA, 11-6 UFC) takes on Islam Makhachev (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) at light-weight. Makhachev is the occasion’s greatest favourite at -700, however Hooker has two of our pickers considering upset.
Marcin Tybura (22-6 MMA, 9-5 UFC) meets Alexander Volkov (33-9 MMA, 7-3 UFC) in a heavyweight tilt. Volkov is a -320 favourite, and he’s obtained an enormous 11-2 picks lead.
Khamzat Chimaev (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) returns at welterweight towards Li Jingliang (18-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC). He’s a large 6-1 favourite and one in every of two unanimous picks from our workers members.
Magomed Ankalaev (15-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) is our different unanimous choose. He opens the primary card in a lightweight heavyweight bout towards former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC). Ankalaev is a -320 favourite and has a 13-0 picks shutout.
In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Blachowicz (77 %), Yan (70 %), Makhachev (76 %), Volkov (76 %), Chimaev (78 %) and Ankalaev (79 %) are the alternatives.
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