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Blachowicz vs. Teixeira 205-pound title fight set for UFC 266


After defeating middleweight champion and rising star Israel Adesanya in March, UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz will look for the second defense of his title when he faces Glover Teixeira at UFC 266 on September 4th.

ESPN's Brett Okamoto first reported the news, adding no venue for the show has been decided upon.

The unheralded Blachowicz won the then-vacant title with a knockout win over Dominick Reyes last September before the superfight with Adesanya that saw him win a decision. 

The 41-year-old Teixeira has had a career resurgence with five straight wins, starting in 2019. Three of those wins were by submission (Thiago Santos, Karl Roberson, Ion Cutelaba), one by TKO (Anthony Smith) and a decision over Nikita Krylov.

He has competed for the title once, losing an April 2014 unanimous decision to then-champion Jon Jones at UFC 172 which snapped a 20-fight win streak.