GLORY Kickboxing’s return to live action will be delayed a bit longer.
The scheduled Oct. 2 GLORY 76 card from Amsterdam, The Netherlands has been rescheduled by the promotion and will now take place on Saturday, Nov. 7.
GLORY Kickboxing first announced the rescheduling of the event on Sept. 13.
The new GLORY 76 features a rescheduled main event between No. 2 Heavyweight contender Badr Hari and No. 3 Heavyweight contender Cedric Doumbe, a fight originally slated to happen at GLORY 78 in June before the card was postponed.
In addition, GLORY 76 has also been changed to a closed-door show in-studio.
Onward to today’s focus:
Return to Fight Island:
Saturday, after over two months away, the UFC returns to Fight Island (Yaz Island, Abu Dhabi) for the first card of the promotion’s second residency on the island, UFC 253.
UFC 253 (main card Saturday, 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT, ESPN+ pay-per-view after undercard fights beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2, ESPN+, and UFC Fight Pass and continuing at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on ESPN2 and ESPN+) will feature 11 MMA fights from inside the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi, including two title fights to close the card.
In your co-main event on Saturday night, the newly-vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship is up for grabs when No. 1 contender Dominick Reyes (12-1) fights No. 3 contender Jan Blachowitz (26-8), with its winner succeeding now-former Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones (26-1, one no-contest) as the 13th different man (counting interim champions and champions with multiple nonconsecutive reigns) to hold the 205-lb. strap.
Highlighting the card in the main event of the evening, the UFC’s Middleweight Championship is at stake when incumbent titleholder Israel Adesanya (19-0) will fight No. 2 contender Paulo Costa (13-0) for the 185-lb. belt.
Both of these title fights will be a maximum of five rounds at five minutes per round.
We’ll break down both of these title fights right now:
Co-Main Event: UFC Light Heavyweight Championship: Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Blachowitz:
Heading into the co-main event of UFC 253, Dominick Reyes is the taller man at 6-foot-4, compared to the 6-foot-2 frame of Jan Blachowitz.
How they got here:
Dominick Reyes has posted a 4-1 record in his last five fights, losing for the first, and so far only, time in his MMA career last time out by unanimous decision against Jon Jones, who vacated the Light Heavyweight belt earlier this summer, in UFC 247 on Feb. 8
In the other corner, Jan Blachowitz has also gone 4-1 and enters this co-main attraction on a three-fight winning streak, scoring a first-round TKO against Corey Anderson on Feb. 15 in UFC on ESPN+ 25 in the main event of that card.
The Tale of the Tape:
UFC.com shows that Jan Blachowitz owns a one-inch reach advantage (78 inches to 77 inches), as well as a half-inch leg reach advantage (44 inches even to 43 ½ inches) heading into this fight.
Prediction: Jan Blachowitz by unanimous decision.
Main Event: UFC Middleweight Championship: Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa:
Israel Adesanya is the taller contestant in this main event at 6-foot-4, three inches taller than Paulo Costa at 6-foot-1.
How they got here:
Both fighters in this main event have yet to lose in their respective MMA careers.
For champion Israel Adesanya, he scored a unanimous decision victory in his last contest against Yoel Romero in UFC 248 on March 7.
In the other corner, challenger Paulo Costa also beat Romero by unanimous decision in UFC 241 in August of 2019.
The Tale of the Tape:
UFC.com shows that champion Israel Adesanya holds an eight-inch reach advantage (80 inches to 72 inches) and a five-inch leg reach advantage (44 ½ inches to 39 ½ inches) over challenger Paulo Costa heading into this main event.
Prediction: Israel Adesanya by unanimous decision.
Other fights on Saturday’s main card:
No. 7 contender Kai Kara France (21-8, one no-contest) vs. No. 9 contender Brandon Royval (11-4) [Flyweight]
No. 7 contender Ketlen Viera (10-1) vs. No. 13 contender Sijara Eubanks (7-4) [Women’s Bantamweight]
Hakeem Dawodu (11-1-1) vs. Zubaira Tukhugov (19-4-1) [Featherweight]
Will @Stylebender's gameplan work against Costa?
UFC 253: Adesanya vs. Costa at a Glance: (Saturday)
Early Prelims: 6:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. PT, ESPN2, ESPN+, UFC Fight Pass
Late Prelims: 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT, ESPN2 and ESPN+
Main Card: 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT, ESPN+ pay-per-view