Glover Teixeira’s recent rise up the light heavyweight division will culminate on September 4th, as he will face UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz. The fight will take place at a pay-per-view event, per a report from Brett Okamoto of ESPN.
The new matchup is the first bout to be reported for UFC 266, which does not have a confirmed location at the moment.
Teixeira has earned the title shot with a five-fight win streak through the past two years. Wins for the 41-year-old MMA veteran have come mostly via stoppage and against notable names like Thiago Santos, Anthony Smith and Ion Cutelaba.
The fight in September will be Teixeira’s second title bout since joining the UFC in 2012. His first title fight goes back to 2014, where he lost a unanimous decision to Jon Jones.
Blachowicz will be looking to defend his 205-pound belt for the second time. The recently-crowned Polish champion retained his belt for the first time in March, defeating UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya via unanimous decision.
Blachowicz earned the light heavyweight belt last year, stopping Dominick Reyes in the second round with punches. The division’s belt was vacant at the time, as former champ Jon Jones gave up the title earlier in the year.
Blachowicz is currently on a five-fight win streak.