UFC 267 Update: Islam Makhachev, Rafael dos Anjos to Clash on Oct. 30

By Tristen Critchfield Aug 3, 2021

A high-profile lightweight matchup between Islam Makhachev and Rafael dos Anjos has been added to the UFC 267 lineup.

According to ESPN, both fighters have agreed to the bout. UFC 267 takes place on Oct. 30 and is headlined by a light heavyweight championship showdown between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira. The event does not yet have an official location but is expected to take place in Abu Dhabi. Makhachev vs. dos Anjos was previously scheduled twice in 2020, but was scrapped on both occasions, once because dos Anjos tested positive for COVID-19 and later when Makhachev withdrew due to illness.

Makhachev is currently in the midst of an eight-bout winning streak and is one of the hottest talents in the UFC lightweight division. The Khabib Nurmagomedov training partner is coming off his first main event appearace, where he submitted Thiago Moises in the fourth round of their UFC on ESPN 26 showdown on July 17.

A former lightweight champion, the 36-year-old dos Anjos recently returned to 155 pounds after a 4-4 stint as a welterweight. In his return to the division he once ruled, dos Anjos earned a split-decision triumph over Paul Felder in the UFC Fight Night 182 headliner on Nov. 14.

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