UFC Fight Night 167 : The UFC returns to New Mexico tonight for UFC Fight Night 167. It’s the first time in nearly six years that the promotion has brought the octagon to the state. The fighters in the headlining UFC bout face a great deal of pressure following last week’s UFC 247 main event. In that bout, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones retained his title via a close unanimous decision over Dominick Reyes.
The fight was close enough that Reyes could be in line for an immediate rematch. Which means the two men who are competing in the main event on the New Mexico card, Corey Anderson and Jan Blachowicz, need to deliver a memorable performance if the victor hopes to earn the next shot at Jones’ title. Anderson is the No. 5 ranked fighter in the official UFC light heavyweight rankings. Blachowicz checks in at No. 6.
This is the second time these two will meet. In the first fight, Anderson earned a unanimous decision. The first round of that contest was close, but the final 10 minutes of the bout belonged to Anderson. He used his wrestling skills to take Blachowicz to the mat and grind him down on the ground for the win.
Anderson’s game plan is still wrestling based, but he has shown in recent fights that he’s not afraid to use his striking. Anderson is coming off a first-round knockout win over the highly touted Johnny Walker. Blachowicz is coming off a split decision win over Ronaldo Souza.
One week after Jon Jones’ controversial light heavyweight title defense against Dominick Reyes at UFC 247, another fight will take place at 205 pounds that could determine the next man up to challenge for the belt. In the main event of UFC Fight Night 167 from Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Corey Anderson and Jan Blachowicz meet in a rematch of their September 2015 clash.
Anderson (13-4) made a massive statement as a potential title challenger in his most recent victory, a dominant first-round knockout of the heavily-hyped Johnny Walker. The victory ran his winning streak to four, and landed him in the No. 5 spot on the CBS Sports UFC divisional rankings. All but three of Anderson’s pro fights have come in the UFC Octagon after making his debut to win the season 19 finals of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Blachowicz (25-8) is riding his own two-fight winning streak, defeating former middleweight champ Luke Rockhold and Jacare Souza, both of whom were making their debut at 205 pounds. The fight with Souza was Blachowicz’s most recent, a dreadful bout that saw neither man accomplish much of note across five rounds. The win was good enough to land Blachowicz, who is currently on a 6-1 run in recent fights, at No. 3 in the CBS Sports rankings.
In the co-main event, Diego Sanchez returns to New Mexico to take on Michel Pereira in what may be a show-stealing welterweight fight. Sanchez has fought in the UFC since winning the inaugural “The Ultimate Fighter” season back in 2005. After an up-and-down ride, Sanchez separated from the Jackson Wink team and staked out on his own. Pereira fights with a wild style that sees him throw a variety of high-flying strikes and even manage to incorporate flips as well as other bizarre attacks into his game plan. That style cost him in his last fight, though, losing a unanimous decision to Tristan Connelly who was a late-notice underdog opponent at UFC Fight Night 158 this past September.
We have another Fight Night on our hands, and this time we’re going to see Corey Anderson take on Jan Blachowicz. We’re going to watch the fight online, so join us in finding the best way for you to do this too.
Anderson is number five on the UFC light heavyweight list, and he’s managed to win 13 out of his 17 MMA matches thus far, five of them by knockout. Blachowicz is number 6 on the same list as Anderson. Out of the 33 matches he’s been in, he’s won 25 of them, six of which were by knockout.
While Anderson and Blachowicz may be the main card, there are other fights taking place that night too, and you can check them all out below:
Corey Anderson gegen Jan Blachowicz. Treue MMA-Fans werden wissen, dass es dieses Duell schon einmal gab – im September 2015.
Damals, im Rahmen von UFC 191, ging dieser Fight über die gesamte Länge von 5 Runden und der US-Amerikaner setzte sich knapp nach Punkten durch.
Wer in den Genuss dieser Titelchance kommen wird, ist laut den UFC Fight Night 167 Wettquoten der Sportwettenanbieter klar: Corey Anderson!
Der 30-Jährige mit dem Kampfnamen „Overtime“ wird als haushoher Favorit ins Octagon geschickt – und nach den Wettquoten sieht es keineswegs danach aus, als würde es eine knappe Entscheidung wie vor fünf Jahren werden.
Demnach muss sich der polnische Käfig-Kämpfer mit einer sehr deutlichen Außenseiterrolle begnügen.
Nicht nur aufgrund dieses Erfolgslaufes sieht sich der 30-Jährige aus Illinois bereit für einen Titelkampf. Seit 2014 ist er schon bei der Ultimate Fighting Championship dabei, in einem Kampf um den begehrten Gold-Gürtel durfte er bislang aber noch nie in den Käfig steigen.