Closing the curtain on a massive championship tripleheader, Jan Blachowicz attempts the first defence of his light heavyweight crown as he welcomes incumbent middleweight best, Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya — who himself is hoping to join an elite club in the UFC, as a two-weight world champion held simultaneously.
Taking co-main event status beneath Adesanya at UFC 253 last September, Blachowicz added the vacant UFC light heavyweight crown to prior KSW championship success — stopping two-time challenger, Dominick Reyes with a brutal second round knockout win. Headlining the event, Nigerian-Kiwi striking talent, Adesanya scored his second title knockback of the year with a second frame finish of Paulo Costa in a one-sided beating.
Returning to the Octagon for the first time since June of last year at UFC 250, two-weight world champion, Amanda Nunes looks to lodge her second featherweight title defence as she meets with former Invicta FC champion, Megan Anderson.
Returning to the division at the summer defence, Nunes dominated another former Invicta FC titleholder, Felicia Spencer, on her way to a dominant unaninmous decision victory. For Queensland native, Anderson, she enters the tie on a two-fight rise, stopping both Zarah Fairn dos Santos and Norma Dumont Viana via submission and knockout, respectively.
Receiving major plaudits and attention all throughout fight week and in the build up to the event, Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling kick off our championship triple threat with bantamweight spoils up for grabs.
Claiming the vacant title at UFC 251 on Fight Island in July last, Dudinka native, Yan bested former featherweight champion, Jose Aldo with a fifth round ground-and-pound stoppage — extending his promotional-perfect run to seven outings.
Earning his rank as number-one contender at 135-pounds, longtime top challenger, Sterling notched his fifth consecutive victory with an opening minute rear-naked choke win over Cory Sandhagen at the above mentioned UFC 250 event, becoming all the more impressive given Sandhagen’s recent wins over Marlon Moraes and Frankie Edgar.
UFC 259 Results: Blachowicz vs. Adesanya
Main Card: (ESPN+ PPV 10 p.m. ET)
Light Heavyweight: Jan Blachowicz (c) def. Israel Adesanya via unanimous decision (49-46, and 49-45 x2)
Featherweight: Amanda Nunes (c) def. Megan Anderson via first round (2:03) submission (armbar)
Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling def. Petr Yan (c) via fourth round (4:29) DQ (illegal knee)
Lightweight: Islam Makhachev def. Drew Dober via third round (1:37) submission (arm-triangle)
Light Heavyweight: Aleksandar Rakic def. Thiago Santos via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, and 30-27)
Preliminary Card: (ESPN+/ESPN 8 p.m. ET)
Bantamweight: Dominick Cruz def. Casey Kenney via split decision (28-29, 29-28, and 30-27)
Bantamweight: Kyler Philips def. Song Yadong via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Catchweight (127-pounds): Askar Askarov def. Joseph Benavidez via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, and 30-26)
Flyweight: Kai Kara-France def. Rogerio Bontorin via first round (4:55) TKO (strikes)
Early Preliminary Card: (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass 5:15 p.m ET)
Flyweight: Tim Elliott def. Jordan Espinosa via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, and 30-25)
Light Heavyweight: Kennedy Nzechukwu def. Carlos Ulberg via second round (3:19) TKO (strikes)
Welterweight: Sean Brady def. Jake Matthews via third round (3:28) submission (arm-triangle)
Strawweight: Amanda Lemos def. Livia Renata Souza via first round (3:39) TKO (strikes)
Lightweight: Uros Medic def. Aalon Cruz via first round (1:40) TKO (strikes)
Bantamweight: Trevin Jones def. Mario Bautista via second round (0:40) TKO (strikes)