The 42-year-old Teixeira, who owns the UFC all-time records for most submissions and finishes in the light heavyweight category, was scheduled to meet Bachowicz on September 25 at UFC 266, but the fight was rescheduled for Saturday.
Bachowicz was making his second championship defence, having defeated Israel Adesanya by unanimous decision in March, while Teixeira was making his second attempt at a UFC title after being defeated seven years earlier in a title bout against Jon Jones.
According to the UFC, Teixeira beat Blachowicz through submission to become the organization’s second-oldest champion.
“Teixeira grabbed a takedown in the first minute and started to work,” according to the UFC’s post-fight report. According to the report, Teixeira got the fight to the mat at the halfway mark, “and after grabbing Blachowicz‘ back, he sank in the rear naked choke that prompted Blachowicz to tap out at 3:02 of the second round.”
Teixeira described his victory as “fantastic” at a post-match press conference.
“This is what I’ve wished for for the last 20 years,” he remarked.
He said that there were times when he doubted his ability to become a champion, but he persisted in his training. “I like it, I keep believing, and I discipline myself the way I need to. This baby is mine.”
Because of the coronavirus outbreak and the limitations that have followed from it, the UFC has been holding events in Abu Dhabi.
UFC President Dana White picked Yas Island in June last year to create a secure atmosphere, where the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism walled off the almost 10-square-mile (25-kilometer) island, which includes an arena, hotel, training facilities, and culinary outlets.