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Jan Blachowicz gives no hint of uneasiness as undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight titleholder. His head wears the crown just fine, it seems.
Blachowicz will defend his championship opposite Glover Teixeira in the UFC 267 headliner on Saturday at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Polish powerhouse enters the match on the strength of five straight victories, three of them finishes. Blachowicz last competed at UFC 259, where he denied Israel Adesanya’s bid to become a simultaneous two-division champion and retained his title in a five-round unanimous decision on March 6. Teixeira, meanwhile, also finds himself on a five-fight winning streak. The affable Brazilian last fought at UFC on ESPN 17, as he submitted Thiago Santos with a rear-naked choke in the third round of their Nov. 7 confrontation.
As Blachowicz and Teixeira make final preparations ahead of their forthcoming battle, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:
38: Years of age for Blachowicz, who was born on Feb. 24, 1983 in Cieszyn, Poland.
8: Blachowicz victories by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 29% of his career total (28). His list of UFC victims: Dominick Reyes, Corey Anderson, Luke Rockhold and Ilir Latifi. Blachowicz owns nine other victories by submission and 11 more by decision.
118: Significant strikes by which Blachowicz has outlanded the opposition during his current five-fight winning streak. He has delivered 262 such strikes while absorbing only 144 in return against Adesanya, Reyes, Anderson, Rockhold and Ronaldo Souza.
11: Countries in which Blachowicz has competed as a mixed martial artist. He has gone 17-4 in his native Poland, 3-2 in the United States, 2-0 in Russia, 1-0 in Sweden, 1-0 in Croatia, 1-0 in Canada, 1-0 in England, 1-0 in Brazil, 1-0 in the United Arab Emirates, 0-1 in Germany and 0-1 in the Czech Republic.
115: Combined wins between the eight men—Anderson, Santos, Patrick Cummins, Alexander Gustafsson, Jimi Manuwa, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Andre Fyeet and Marcin Krysztofiak—who have defeated Blachowicz. They sport a cumulative record of 115-66 (.635).
42: Years of age for Teixeira, who was born in Sobralia, Brazil, on Oct. 28, 1979.
9: Teixeira wins by submission, accounting for 28% of his career total (32). His methods of choice: five rear-naked chokes, two guillotine chokes and two arm-triangle chokes. Teixeira holds 18 other wins by knockout or technical knockout and five more by decision.
1,271: Total strikes landed by Teixeira as a UFC light heavyweight, placing him second on the promotion’s all-time list at 205 pounds. Only Jon Jones (1,835) has connected on more.
13: Consecutive calendar years in which Teixeira has made at least one appearance. He went 2-0 in 2008, 1-0 in 2009, 4-0 in 2010, 5-0 in 2011, 2-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 0-2 in 2014, 2-0 in 2015, 1-1 in 2016, 2-1 in 2017, 0-1 in 2018, 3-0 in 2019 and 2-0 in 2020.
.770: Cumulative winning percentage between the seven men—Anderson, Gustafsson, Jones, Anthony Johnson, Phil Davis, Ed Herman and Eric Schwartz—who have beaten Teixeira. They boast a combined record of 134-40.
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