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A stacked main card lineup of fights including two championship pairings is just around the corner, as well as our MMASucka staff picks.

UFC 267 is set for action in just a few short hours today, October 30 from the Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. This marks the promotion’s return to the United Arab Emirates after a successful string of three events in January of this year.

The main card will begin at an earlier start time of 2:00pm ET (7:00pm BST / 11:00am PT). For the first time in pay-per-view history, UFC 267 will be available without a charge to those with an ESPN+ subscription.

Find results from all of today’s UFC 267 fight card here at MMASucka.

Also, stay tuned this upcoming Tuesday for the final calendar-year event of Dana White’s Contender Series.

The Fights

Light heavyweights (205 lbs.) Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira will take battle for gold in the main event of the day.

Current divisional champion Blachowicz has turned his career around following a dangerous 1-4 streak from 2015 to mid-2017. With only one defeat in his last ten professional appearances, as well as capturing the vacant title last year over Dominick Reyes, the Polish powerhouse is making the most at the incredible age of 38. Blachowicz will target his second defense tonight, his first coming by a five-round decision over middleweight king Israel Adesanya in March.

His opponent, Teixeira, adds an additional four years of age while competing at the top of his game. Two main event stoppages over Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos in 2020 have led the Brazilian to what will be his second promotional title shot. Can Teixeira find a sixth straight win and the UFC championship in his 21st walk to the octagon?

In the co-main event, former champion Petr Yan and top-talent Cory Sandhagen will duke it out for the bantamweight championship (135 lbs.).  Russia’s Yan had his dominant ten-fight win streak snapped and belt taken away due to a controversial disqualification in his March fight with Aljamain Sterling. Well-rounded Sandhagen looks to rebound in the victory column after falling short in a back-and-forth affair with the returned T.J. Dillashaw in July.

See who the MMASucka staff are picking to win at UFC 267 further below.

Staff Picks

Throughout the calendar year, staff picks will be composed of main card fights from both UFC and Bellator events. Main card fights and selected preliminary fights will be selected for PFL MMA. Dana White’s Contender Series will be composed of the full fight card.

The WINNER of staff picks in 2021 will have a choice between receiving a custom-made championship belt from ProAmBelts or a chain from Championship Chains. For the third straight year, Michael DeSantis captured the 2020 victory compiling a record of 201-88.

See below for our main card picks at UFC 267: Blachowicz vs. Teixeira.


Staff Records after PFL Championships 2021:

1. Nate Freeman: 214-116
2. Wesley Riddle: 210-120
3. Michael DeSantis: 206-120
4. Frazer Krohn: 199-130
5. Mike Lynch: 180-140
6. Jeremy Brand: 176-144
7. Ash Camyab: 175-121
8. Andrew Benjamin: 127-129
9. Tim Wheaton: 117-89
10. Chris Presnell: 91-39
11. Jake Broderick: 10-2


Magomed Ankalaev (15-1) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (17-5)

Jeremy Brand: Ankalaev via Round 1 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Ankalaev via Round 1 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Ankalaev via Round 3 TKO
Ash Camyab: Ankalaev via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Ankalaev via Round 2 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Ankalaev via Round 2 TKO
Mike Lynch: Ankalaev via Round 1 TKO
Nate Freeman: Ankalaev via Round 2 TKO
Tim Wheaton: Ankalaev via Round 3 TKO
Chris Presnell: Ankalaev via Round 1 TKO

Staff picking Ankalaev: 10
Staff picking Oezdemir: 0


Li Jingliang (18-6) vs. Khamzat Chimaev (9-0)

Jeremy Brand: Chimaev via Round 3 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Chimaev via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Chimaev via Round 2 SUB
Ash Camyab: Chimaev via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Chimaev via Round 1 TKO
Frazer Krohn: Chimaev via Round 3 TKO
Mike Lynch: Chimaev via Unanimous Decision
Nate Freeman: Chimaev via Round 2 TKO
Tim Wheaton: Chimaev via Unanimous Decision
Chris Presnell: Chimaev via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Jingliang: 0
Staff picking Chimaev: 10


Alexander Volkov (33-9) vs. Marcin Tybura (22-6)

Jeremy Brand: Volkov via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Volkov via Round 3 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Volkov via Unanimous Decision
Ash Camyab: Volkov via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Volkov via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Volkov via Unanimous Decision
Mike Lynch: Volkov via Round 1 TKO
Nate Freeman: Volkov via Round 2 TKO
Tim Wheaton: Volkov via Unanimous Decision
Chris Presnell: Volkov via Unanimous Decision

Staff picking Volkov: 10
Staff picking Tybura: 0


Islam Makhachev (20-1) vs. Dan Hooker (21-10)

Jeremy Brand: Makhachev via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Makhachev via Unanimous Decision
Michael DeSantis: Makhachev via Unanimous Decision
Ash Camyab: Hooker via Round 1 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Hooker via Unanimous Decision
Frazer Krohn: Makhachev via Unanimous Decision
Mike Lynch: Makhachev via Round 3 SUB
Nate Freeman: Makhachev via Unanimous Decision
Tim Wheaton: Hooker via Unanimous Decision
Chris Presnell: Makhachev via Split Decision

Staff picking Makhachev: 7
Staff picking Hooker: 3


Petr Yan (15-2) vs. Cory Sandhagen (14-3)

Jeremy Brand: Yan via Unanimous Decision
Wesley Riddle: Yan via Round 4 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Yan via Unanimous Decision
Ash Camyab: Yan via Unanimous Decision
Andrew Benjamin: Yan via Split Decision
Frazer Krohn: Sandhagen via Split Decision
Mike Lynch: Sandhagen via Round 2 TKO
Nate Freeman: Yan via Split Decision
Tim Wheaton: Yan via Round 3 TKO
Chris Presnell: Yan via Split Decision

Staff picking Yan: 8
Staff picking Sandhagen: 2


Jan Blachowicz (28-8) vs. Glover Teixeira (31-7)

Jeremy Brand: Blachowicz via Round 3 TKO
Wesley Riddle: Blachowicz via Round 2 TKO
Michael DeSantis: Blachowicz via Round 2 TKO
Ash Camyab: Blachowicz via Round 2 TKO
Andrew Benjamin: Teixeira via Round 2 SUB
Frazer Krohn: Blachowicz via Round 3 TKO
Mike Lynch: Blachowicz via Round 4 TKO
Nate Freeman: Blachowicz via Split Decision
Tim Wheaton: Blachowicz via Round 1 TKO
Chris Presnell: Blachowicz via Round 2 TKO

Staff picking Blachowicz: 9
Staff picking Teixeira: 1

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Wesley Riddle is a 25-year-old writer out of Harrisonburg, Virginia and a recent graduate from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, having obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education. Watching the draw between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard from 2011 sparked his interest in the sport of mixed martial arts. He created "All That MMA" on Twitter, which came to birth in December of 2013. He would join with MMASucka in the later quarter of 2016. Some of Riddle's hobbies include music, playing golf, watching horror movies, and working with non-profit organizations throughout his community. You can follow him on Twitter at @AllThatMMA or @WesleyRiddleMMA, and on Instagram @WesleyRiddle.

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