UFC 267: Five title fights on main card as England’s Rockhold takes on Mexican Cerrone

Nevada-based Blachowicz beat Teixeira to win the UFC middleweight title at UFC 187 in 2015 UFC 267 in Las Vegas: Blachowicz vs Teixeira Venue: MGM Grand Arena Date: 27 July Coverage: Live text commentary…

UFC 267: Five title fights on main card as England's Rockhold takes on Mexican Cerrone

Nevada-based Blachowicz beat Teixeira to win the UFC middleweight title at UFC 187 in 2015

UFC 267 in Las Vegas: Blachowicz vs Teixeira Venue: MGM Grand Arena Date: 27 July Coverage: Live text commentary on BBC Sport website and TV from 18:00 BST, plus live on Sky Sports and Facebook

From a heavyweight bout featuring two knock-outs and two title fights, with five of the major UFC title belts at stake.

England’s Luke Rockhold faces Mexican slugger Cowboy Cerrone for the middleweight belt while Russia’s Volkan Oezdemir is set to defend his flyweight belt against Derek Brunson.

The main card also includes one of the bouts to determine the first ever UFC women’s featherweight champion, featherweight champion Jose Aldo’s main-event challenger Frankie Edgar.

On Saturday evening, heavyweight Alistair Overeem meets former three-weight world champion Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, with the winner potentially expected to face top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter Brock Lesnar.

One of the most eagerly anticipated UFC card of recent years, UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs Saffiedine, also features Brazilian Egidijus Kavaliauskas, the featherweight who has only been stopped by the American Jose Aldo.

Previously, but on a non-title fight on a Friday night in Washington DC, he had dismantled the highly rated Cage Warriors featherweight champion Joe Torre in one swift minute, then posted a picture on social media.

Former UK middleweight champion and current UFC commentator Ian Kenyon, speaking to BBC Sport’s Alex Capstick said: “I’ve been getting texts and tweets like crazy all week in the USA.

“People have been talking about this fight for a long time. Fans are calling this fight the equivalent of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso racing against each other and it’s going to be a cracker. It is a real talent showdown between these two.”

Two of the sport’s most decorated athletes in history will be squaring off for the first time in the UFC on Saturday evening, when Switzerland’s former world boxing champion Ali Funeka meets Tom Breese for the welterweight strap.

“It’s really going to be an old school light-heavyweight heavyweight fight,” Kenyon said. “Breese might be a bigger man, but Funeka’s in pretty good nick. It’s a classy fight. There’s going to be a lot of technique.

“There’s a lot of people who are really excited by this one. Breese’s not a big hitter. He’s a little bit raw and has a lot of work to do before he fights a top guy. Funeka is a complete southpaw, he’s the exact opposite of Breese. He likes to come forward and look for hooks. It’s a really interesting matchup and I think it’s going to be a very competitive fight.”

Watch UFC Fight Night: Gegard Mousasi vs Uriah Hall and Tom Saenz vs Artem Lobov, live on Sky Sports 5 from 18:00 BST on Saturday. Watch a preview of UFC Fight Night: Saffiedine vs Werdum here.

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