UFC 267 Betting Preview: Blachowicz, Yan Favored For Belts

  • Jan Blachowicz is a -300 betting favorite over Glover Teixeira for the LHW title.
  • Petr Yan has -230 odds to beat Cory Sandhagen and win the interim bantamweight championship.
  • Islam Makhachev is a -575 against the respected Dan Hooker.

ABU DHABI – Fight Island will host another loaded event in UFC 267 on Saturday. Multiple title fights, as well as some of the brightest stars, will be in action.

Jan Blachowicz vs Glover Teixeira: Light Heavyweight Title Fight

Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira will fight for the light heavyweight championship on Saturday as the main event of UFC 267. Online sportsbooks are giving the current champ short odds to retain his belt, but maybe not short enough.

Blachowicz vs Teixeira Moneyline Odds

  • Jan Blachowicz -300
  • Glover Teixeira +235

Teixeira is a 41-year-old light heavyweight past his prime. He’s beaten a handful of lesser opponents because the UFC thought his career was over and now he’s getting a title shot due to the weak nature of the division. He’s been out-landed in strikes in six of his last eight fights.

Throughout Teixeira’s career, he’s absorbed 3.85 significant strikes per minute while only giving out 3.75 per minute. Blachowicz should take advantage of this. Blachowicz has landed 3.59 significant strikes per minute while only taking 2.79 per minute.

The current champ has beaten Isreal Adesanya, Dominick Reyes, Corey Anderson and Jacare Souza in his last four fights. Compared to Teixeira’s resume of Thiago Santos, Anthony Smith, Nikita Krylov and Ion Cutelaba, the two are not on the same level.

Petr Yan Vs. Cory Sandhagen: Interim Bantamweight Title Fight

Petr Yan and Cory Sandhagen will fight for the interim bantamweight championship and book a fight with the current champion Aljamain Sterling. Those betting on the UFC should expect fireworks in this bout.

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Yan vs Sandhagen Moneyline Odds

  • Petr Yan -230
  • Cory Sandhagen +185

Yan has some of the best power in the division and also has great volume and pressure as he lands 5.99 significant strikes per minute. Sandhagen on the other hand, is one of the tallest and longest fighters in the division and also has good output with his 6.32 significant strikes landed per minute.

Yan’s only loss in the UFC is the disqualification he had against Sterling in their most recent title fight. If not for the DQ, Yan would still be the champ. Sandhagen is coming off of back-to-back highlight-reel knockouts against Marlon Moraes and Frankie Edgar and another similar knockout may be the only way he’s capable of beating Yan. However, he’s proven he can consistently do it.

Islam Makhachev Vs. Dan Hookier: Islam’s First Real Test

Islam Makhachev has made waves in the UFC by being the apparent heir to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s throne. Makhachev is so good that it’s been tough for him to find a fight against a top-ranked opponent since everyone is scared to do so. In his first real test against Dan Hooker, he’s expected to impress even more.

Makhachev vs Hooker Moneyline Odds

  • Islam Makhachev -575
  • Dan Hooker +390

Hooker was on the verge of a title shot not too long ago but had dropped two fights back-to-back against Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler. Unfortunately for Hooker, Makhachev has mauled everyone he’s fought. He’s landed 3+ takedowns in six of his 10 UFC fights and has never absorbed more than 15 strikes in a fight.

Although Makhachev has been fighting lesser competition, he seems to have the game that translates to a championship level.