Zane Simon & Eddie Mercado are back tonight, Saturday, March 6th., 2021, to breakdown the ‘UFC 259 - ‘BLACHOWICZ VS ADESANYA’ event, which was broadcast from the APEX Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. The guys will have hot takes, possible next fights, as well as reactions to the overall event in the player above, or on our Bloody Elbow Presents YouTube Channel and BE Presents Podcast Network. (SPOILERS...)
Tonight, the UFC showcased three title battles, for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, the UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship & the UFC Bantamweight Championship – all on the main card of the UFC 259 PPV event, which was broadcast from the Apex Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Returning to the octagon for the main event, we had the reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jan Blachowicz, with his remarkable 27-8 record defending 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, we had the highly predictable Women’s UFC Flyweight 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 was a massive favorite heading into this fight, as Nunes is the first woman to become a 2-division UFC champion, and the third fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight classes simultaneously. She is also the first & only fighter in UFC history to defend two titles while actively holding them.
Our third title fight of the event was a contest between a grappler and a striker for the UFC Bantamweight Championship. The reigning champion Petr Yan & the #1 ranked contender, Aljamain ‘Funk Master’ Sterling went to battle for four rounds, but unfortunately, the bout ended due to a disqualification.
Also on the card, we had 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 Oct, 2011). These bouts were preceded by a fully-packed ten bout undercard.
Overall, this fully intact fifteen-bout card saw three first round finishes, three submissions, and five exciting KO/TKO, six decisions - one split, and one DQ victory. Rounding things out, bonuses for putting forth POTN efforts went to Uros Medic, Kai Kara-France; FOTN honors went to Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Carlos Ulberg. What a night of fights we have to share with you, join us to discuss all the action...
Here’s a look at the UFC 259: ‘BLACHOWICZ VS ADESANYA’ RESULTS & UPDATED FIGHT RECORDS:
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15. UFC Light Heavyweight Championship:
Jan Blachowicz (28-8) DEF. Israel Adesanya (20-1) - DEC, Unanimous
14. UFC Featherweight Championship:
Amanda Nunes (21-4) DEF. Megan Anderson (10-5) - SUB, Inverted Triangle-Armbar at 2:03 of Rd 1
13. UFC Bantamweight Championship:
Aljamain Sterling (20-3) DEF. Petr Yan (15-2) - DISQUALIFICATION, Illegal Knee by Yan at 4:29 pf Rd 4/5, Total 19:29
12. Islam Makhachev (19-1) DEF. Drew Dober (23-10) - SUB, Arm Triangle Choke from Half Guard at 1:37 of Rd 3, Total 11:37
11. Aleksandar Rakić (14-2) DEF. Thiago Santos (21-9) - DEC, Unanimous
10. Dominick Cruz (22-3) DEF. Casey Kenney (16-3) - DEC, SPLIT
9. Kyler Phillips (9-1) DEF. Yadong Song (16-5) - DEC, Unanimous
8. Askar Askarov (14-0) DEF. Joseph Benavidez (28-8) - DEC, Unanimous
7. Kai Kara-France (22-9) DEF. Rogério Bontorin (16-3) - KO/TKO, Punches at 4:44 of Rd 1
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6. Tim Elliott (17-11) DEF. Jordan Espinosa (15-9) - DEC, Unanimous
5. Kennedy Nzechukwu (8-1) DEF. Carlos Ulberg (3-1) - KO/TKO, Hooks at 3:19 of Rd 2, Total 8:19
4. Sean Brady (14-0) DEF. Jake Matthews (17-5) - SUB, Arm Triangle Choke at 3:28 pf Rd 2, Total 8:19
3. Amanda Lemos (9-1) DEF. Livinha Souza (14-3) - KO/TKO, Power Jab to G & P at 3z;39 of Rd 1
2. Uros Medic (7-0) DEF. Aalon Cruz (8-4) - KO/TKO, Flying Knee to G & P at 1:40 of Rd 1
1. Trevin Jones (13-6) DEF. Marlo Bautista (8-2) - KO/TKO, Lead Uppercut to G & P at 0:40 of Rd 2, Total 5:40
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