UFC 259 might be one of the most stacked cards to ever grace the planet. With five belts on the card and four being defended superstars are littered all over the place.
The early prelims, prelims, and the main card all have stars fighting on them. The focus is on the main card.
The first fight is a light heavyweight bout between number two ranked Thiago Santos (21-8) and number four ranked Aleksander Rakic (13-2). This fight is going to be a slug-fest and there is a very high chance someone is going to sleep. Both have the power to make the other pay heavily for one small mistake. With a combined amount of knockouts at 24, this fight should be nothing short of fun.
The next fight is a lightweight bout between number 14 ranked Islam Makhachev (18-1) and number 15 ranked Drew Dober (23-9). This should be an interesting fight because Makhachev is an amazing ground game specialist but still has the power to knock Dober out. Dober is a great striker and will try to stay away from the ground. If this fight stays standing up, Dober might be able to pull out a win. If this fight gets to the ground, Makhachev has a greater chance of winning.
The first championship fight of the night will be Petr Yan (15-1) defending his bantamweight title against number one ranked Aljamain Sterling (19-3). This fight might play out the same as Makhachev v.s. Dober. Yan is a strong stand up fighter while Sterling is a strong ground fighter. If Sterling can smother Yan on the ground there will be a new champion crowned. If Yan can dominate on his feet, the title will be going back to Russia.
The second title fight will be for the women’s featherweight championship. The double champ Amanda Nunes (20-4) will defend her featherweight title against Megan Anderson (11-4). This fight doesn’t really make sense and is seen as a fight that was made to keep Nunes active, since Anderson isn’t a ranked fighter. Anderson is being fed to Nunes and her chances of winning are limited.
The main event will be a champion v.s. champion fight. Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya (20-0) will be moving up to the light heavyweight division to challenge Jan Blachowicz (27-8) for his light heavyweight championship. This fight should be filled with fireworks. This fight can either go all five rounds or it can be a quick night. Adesanya has 15 wins via knockout and Blachowicz has the famed polish power and has the ability to give Adesanya a dose of NyQuil.
These pay per view events will be on March 6 at 7 pm PST and is only available on ESPN+. It will be held in the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.