Finally, the wait is over for Glover Teixeira.
The Brazilian became the oldest debutant champion in UFC history on Saturday when he snatched the light heavyweight title from Poland’s Jan Blachowicz in the main event of UFC 267 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates.
The 42-year-old Teixeira submitted Blachowicz in the second round to strip him of the 205-pound scepter in a resounding way.
From the beginning of the fight, Teixeira was more aggressive and took the initiative, both with his punches and with takedowns.
In total, Teixeira landed 71 total shots of 93 thrown (76 percent of effectiveness) by 53 of Blachowicz, who was more effective with his power shots with 28 by 23 of the Brazilian.
However, the statistics that ended up deciding the fight favored Teixeira with two knockdowns in six attempts, the second was to fit him with a strangulation in the back that forced the Pole to surrender.
This was just the second starting chance in Teixeira’s long career, who fell by unanimous decision to Jon Jones in 2014, improving his record to 33-7.
For his part, Blachowicz stalled at 28-9 and saw the end of a five-game winning streak, including a knockout of Dominick Reyes in two rounds to claim the vacant division title and a unanimous decision win over Israel Adesanya for his first defense.