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Saturday night, March 6, 2021, the UFC showcases three title battles, for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, the UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship & the UFC Bantamweight Championship on the main card. The UFC 259 PPV event is being broadcast from the Apex Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Returning to the octagon for that main event, we have the reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jan Blachowicz, with a remarkable 27-8 record, after an almost six-month break from UFC action, to defend his title against the reigning UFC Middleweight Champion, ‘The Last Stylebender’ Israel Adesanya – arguably one of the best strikers in all of MMA – entering with his impressive, undefeated 20-0 record.
In the co-main event, we have the highly predictable Women’s UFC Featherweight Championship between ‘The Lioness’, Amanda Nunes, entering the octagon with a strong #1 ranked 20-4 record vs. Megan Anderson, with her #5 ranked 10-4 record. Nunes is a massive favorite heading into this fight, so it is highly likely Anderson gets a severe beat down here. Nunes is the first woman to become a two-division UFC champion, and the third fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight classes simultaneously, after Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier. She is also the first and only fighter in UFC history to defend two titles while actively holding them. Nunes is widely considered to be the greatest women’s MMA fighter of all time.
Our third title fight of the event is for the UFC Bantamweight Championship between the reigning champion Petr Yan and the #1 ranked contender, Aljamain ‘Funk Master’ Sterling, our staff here at BE mainly leans towards Yan winning via decision here, but we do have a couple holdouts for Sterling to pull the title off Yan...
Also on the card, we have an exciting Light Heavyweight bout taking place between fight veteran ‘Maretta’ (The Sledgehammer) Thiago Santos, with his storied 21-8 career record matched up against the up-and-comer Aleksandar Rakić sporting a 13-2 record (with only one loss since October, 2011). Rakić debuted in the UFC a little over three years ago and is a rising star, currently ranked #5, behind Santos who is at #4 after eight years of UFC performances.
These bouts will have been preceded by a fully-packed ten bout undercard. What a wild night full of fights we have to share with you!
Here’s a look at the fight card & current fight records —
UFC 259: ‘BLACHOWICZ VS ADESANYA’
ESPN+ MAIN PPV CARD | SAT. MAR 6 - 10PM/7PM ETPT
15. UFC Light Heavyweight Championship:
205lbs Jan Blachowicz (27-8) vs Israel Adesanya (20-0)
14. UFC Featherweight Championship:
145lbs Amanda Nunes (20-4) vs Megan Anderson (10-4)
13. UFC Bantamweight Championship:
135lbs Petr Yan (15-1) vs Aljamain Sterling (19-3)
12. 155lbs Islam Makhachev (18-1) vs Drew Dober (23-9)
11. 205lbs Thiago Santos (21-8) vs. Aleksandar Rakić (13-2)
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ESPN+/ESPN PRELIMS | 8PM/5PM ETPT
10. 135lbs Dominick Cruz (22-3) vs Casey Kenney (16-2)
9. 135lbs Kyler Phillips (8-1) vs. Yadong Song (16-4)
8. 125lbs Joseph Benavidez (28-7) vs. Askar Askarov (13-0)
7. 125lbs Kai Kara-France (21-9) vs. Rogério Bontorin (16-2)
UFC Fight Pass EARLY PRELIMS | 6PM/3PM ETPT
6. 125lbs Tim Elliott (16-11) vs Jordan Espinosa (15-8)
5. 205lbs Carlos Ulberg (3-0) vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu (7-1)
4. 170lbs Sean Brady (13-0) vs. Jake Matthews (17-4)
3. 115lbs Livinha Souza (14-2) vs. Amanda Lemos (8-1)
2. 155lbs Uros Medic (6-0) vs. Aalon Cruz (8-3)
1. 135lbs Trevin Jones (12-6) vs Marlo Bautista (8-1)
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After the fights, join us for the 6th ROUND POST-FIGHT SHOW, for hot takes, possible next fights, results, and reactions to the overall event with your Bloody Elbow hosts, Zane Simon & Eddie Mercado. Find this in-depth analysis to the UFC 259 event on our BE Presents YouTube and SoundCloud channels. The Post-Fight Show link will be updated live RIGHT HERE after the fights are all wrapped up...
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