The 42-year-old Teixeira, who holds UFC all-time records for most cast and finished in the light heavyweight division, was scheduled to face Błachowicz on September 25 at UFC 266, but the bout was postponed and postponed to Saturday.
Błachowicz defended his title for the second time, beating Israel Adesanya by a unanimous decision in March, while Teixeira was the second shot at the UFC title. after being defeated in a title fight against Jon Jones seven years ago.
The UFC said Teixeira defeated Blachowicz by submission and thus became the second oldest champion in UFC history.
“This is what I’ve been dreaming about for 20 years,” he said.
He said he once thought he would never be a champion, but he continued to train. “I like it, I continue to believe, I discipline myself the way I have to. I have this baby.”
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions that result from it, the UFC is hosting events in Abu Dhabi.
In June last year, UFC President Dana White chose Yas Island to provide a safe environment, where Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism closed the nearly 25-kilometer island, which included an arena, hotel, training facilities and dining rooms.