clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

UFC 259 fight-card primer: Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson

In the co-main event of UFC 259, Amanda Nunes will hope to defend her featherweight title against Megan Anderson.

In the co-main event of UFC 259, current two-weight UFC champion Amanda Nunes (20-4 MMA, 13-1 UFC) will look to defend her featherweight title against Megan Anderson (11-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC). UFC 259: Adesanya vs Blachowicz airs live from the promotion’s APEX facility in Las Vegas this Saturday, March 6th. The main card will start with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET / 7.00 p.m. PT, with the ESPN+ prelims beginning at 8:00 p.m. and the early prelims kicking off at 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT.

How do these two stack up?

Nunes: 32 years old | 5’8” | 69” reach

Anderson: 31 years old | 6’0” | 72.5” reach

What have these two done recently?

Nunes: W - Felicia Spencer (DEC) | W - Germaine de Randamie (DEC) | W - Holly Holm (TKO)

Anderson: W - Norma Dumont Viana (TKO) | W - Zarah Fairn Dos Santos (SUB) | L - Felicia Spencer (SUB)

How did these two get here?

Amanda Nunes is arguably the most dominant champion currently in the UFC. ‘The Lioness’ hasn’t looked remotely close to losing her title(s) since a split decision win over Valentina Shevchenko in 2017. Unbeaten since 2014, Nunes has taken out the best fighters at 135 and 145-pounds, such as Cris Cyborg, Holly Holm and Germaine De Randamie. Nunes most recently defended her featherweight title against Felicia Spencer last June.

Four years ago, Megan Anderson was signed to the UFC and scheduled to fight for the featherweight title in her debut. That never came around, but she will now hope to secure UFC gold against Nunes. It’s unsurprising Anderson is an astronomical underdog, given she has gone 3-2 during her current stint in the promotion. Anderson has won her last two fights both by first-round stoppage.

Why should you care?

If Anderson can pull off the impossible, you won’t want to miss it.