The UFC has one of its most stacked cards on Saturday night that has returned to recent memory: four champions competing in three title fights at UFC 259 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Headlining the pay-per-view will be middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, who will take a shot at becoming a two-division champion when he faces light heavyweight champion Jan Blavachikos.
Adenasi (20-0) has been going badly since making his debut at the UFC in 2018. He has gone 9–0, with four of those wins coming through stoppages. Also, he did not like Anderson Silva, Joel Romero, Robert Whitaker, and Calvin Gastrum. He defended his middleweight title in major fashion with a second-round TKO against the already unbeaten Paulo Costa at UFC 253.
Blachowicz claimed the vacant 205-pound title with a one-sided knockout of Dominic Reyes at the UFC 253 co-main event. The Polish fighter started in 2014 with the knock of Ilir Latifi, but then lost four of his next five fights. A four-fight winning streak; It had impressive wins over Nikita Krylov and Jared Cannonir. But a knockout defeat to Thiago Santos set him back again. Since that defeat, he has won four times in a row, with victories over Luke Rockhold, Ronaldo “Jacke” Souza, Corey Anderson and Reyes.
Can Blackowicz prove that he is more than a transitional champion, or will Adesanya take his place on the 205-pound throne as one of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighters?
The co-main event consists of the biggest female fighter defending one of her titles. Amanda Nunes will be challenged to the UFC Featherweight Championship by Megan Anderson. Nunes has been an unstoppable force over the past six years with an 11-fight winning streak. He has trended Chris “Cyborg” Justino, Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm and Meesha Tate in their quest to become wing and bantamweight champions. Only Valentina Shevchenko, who is the UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion, has provided any resistance.
Anderson hopes he gets upset. The former Invicta FC featherweight champion has gone 3–2 during his UFC run but has a combination of power and skill that can present a problem for Nunes.
Petr Yan will defend the UFC bantamweight title against top contender Alzman Sterling in a third title fight on the card. The Yanks have yet to taste the defeat inside the UFC Octagon. He won the vacant title last July, stopping Jose Aldo in the fifth round. He will make his first defense against Sterling, who has long been recognized as one of the best young talent in the division. He eventually recorded five consecutive wins to win the title, and Cory Sandhagen’s own 90-second gathering highlighted how strong his grip could be.
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UFC 259 live update, highlights from Israel Adesania vs Jan Blashikoiz
9:02 PM: It may be time for Josef Benavid to consider his future in MMA as he was completely dominated by Eskar Askarov in a unanimous decision loss. Benavidez is the title contender at times, but has yet to win the big one and has found himself on the wrong end of every aspect of the game against Askarov. Meanwhile, Essarov has entered the cap for the division’s longtime staples with an extraordinary performance for the future title fight.
8:30 pm: Okay, guys. If you have just checked in, you have missed a lot. Six of the first seven fights ended during Tim Elliott’s dominant decision on Jordan Espinoza, with Elliott accusing his adversary of domestic abuse. In the middle of the fight. Yes, it was a lot. So here are some highlights:
What time does UFC 259 start?
- Preliminary Prelims: 5:15 pm ET
- Prelims: 8 PM ET
- PPV Main Card: 10 AM ET
- how to see: ESPN + PPV ($ 89.98)
Broadcast coverage of UFC 259 will begin from UFC Fight Pass prelims at 5:15 pm followed by prelims at 8 pm ET. The pay-per-view event is scheduled to begin at 10 pm ET. Adesanya and Blachowicz are expected to collide with the Octagon at about 12:15 pm ET, although the exact timing depends on the length of the earlier fights.
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UFC 259 Fight Card and Results
Main Card (ESPN + PPV)
- Jan Błachowicz (c) vs. Israel for Adesanya Błachowicz’s Light Heavyweight Title
- Nunes women’s featherweight title for Amanda Nunes (C) vs. Megan Anderson
- Yan’s bantamweight title for Petr Yan (c) vs. Alzamine Sterling
- Islam Machev vs. Drew Robert; Lightweight
- Thiago Santos vs. Alexander Rakic; Light heavy
Starting Card (ESPN / ESPN +)
- Dominic Cruz vs. Casey Kenny; Bantamweights
- Lyrics Yadong vs Kylar Phillips; Bantamweights
- Defeated Oscar Askarov. Joseph Benavid through unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 and 30-26)
- Kai Cara-France defeat Rogerio Bontorin via 1-round TKO (4:55)
Preliminary Prelims (ESPN + / UFC Fight Pass)
- Defeated Tim Elliott. Jordan Espinosa (30-27, 30-27 and 30-25) via unanimous decision
- Kennedy defeated Nachukwu. Carlos Ulberg via 2-round KO (3:19)
- Defeated Sean Brady. Jake Matthews via 3-round submission (3:28)
- Amanda Lemos defeated Livia Renata Souza by first round TKO (3:39)
- Uros Mediv Diff. Aalon Cruz via 1-round TKO (1:40)
- Defeated Travin Jones. Mario Bautista via 2-round TKO (: 47).