UFC 259 stay updates, outcomes, highlights from Israel Adesanya vs. Jan Blachowicz battle & full card

The UFC returns Saturday evening with certainly one of its most stacked playing cards in current reminiscence: 4 champions competing in three title fights at UFC 259 on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. 

Headlining the pay-per-view will likely be middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, who will take a shot at changing into a two-division champion when he faces gentle heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz.

Adesanya (20-0) has been on a torrid run since debuting within the UFC in 2018. He has gone 9-0, with 4 of these victories coming by the use of stoppage. Alongside the way in which, he has ousted the likes of Anderson Silva, Yoel Romero, Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum. He defended his middleweight title in dominant vogue towards the beforehand unbeaten Paulo Costa at UFC 253 with a second-round TKO. 

Blachowicz claimed the vacant 205-pound title with a one-sided knockout of Dominick Reyes within the co-main occasion of UFC 253. However his journey to that time was removed from clean. The Polish fighter debuted in 2014 with a knockout of Ilir Latifi however then misplaced 4 of his subsequent 5 fights. A four-fight profitable streak adopted; in it had been spectacular victories over Nikita Krylov and Jared Cannonier. However a knockout loss to Thiago Santos set him again once more. Since that loss, he has received 4 extra in a row, with victories over Luke Rockhold, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Corey Anderson and Reyes. 

Can Blachowicz show that he is greater than a transitional champion, or will Adesanya take his place on the 205-pound throne as the most effective pound-for-pound fighters on the earth?

The co-main occasion has the best girls’s fighter of all time defending certainly one of her titles. Amanda Nunes will likely be challenged by Megan Anderson for the UFC featherweight championship. Nunes has been an unstoppable pressure over the previous six years with an 11-fight profitable streak. She has trounced Cris “Cyborg” Justino, Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm and Miesha Tate in her quest to turn into the featherweight and bantamweight champion. Solely Valentina Shevchenko, the reigning UFC girls’s flyweight champion, has supplied any resistance.

Anderson hopes to tug off the foremost upset. The previous Invicta FC featherweight champion has gone 3-2 throughout her UFC run however has a mixture of energy and ability that would current an issue for Nunes. 

Petr Yan will defend the UFC bantamweight title towards high contender Aljamain Sterling within the third title battle on the cardboard. Yan has but to style defeat contained in the UFC Octagon. He received the vacant title final July by stopping Jose Aldo within the fifth spherical. He’ll make his first protection towards Sterling, who has lengthy been acknowledged as the most effective younger skills within the division. He has strung collectively 5 wins in a row to lastly earn a crack on the title, and his 90-second submission of Cory Sandhagen highlighted simply how a lot of a pressure his grappling might be.  

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UFC 259 stay updates, highlights from Israel Adesanya vs. Jan Blachowicz

9:30 p.m.: Kyler Phillips combined it up superbly to maintain Music Yadong off-balance and safe a formidable unanimous determination victory. Yadong is understood for his relentless stress and hanging however Phillips’ footwork, angles, wrestling and hanging was merely glorious tonight. He’ll have a quantity by his identify subsequent week. 

9:02 p.m.: It is perhaps time for Joseph Benavidez to contemplate his future in MMA as he was completely dominated by Askar Askarov in a unanimous determination loss. Benavidez is a multiple-time title contender however has but to win the massive one and located himself on the improper finish of each aspect of the game towards Askarov. In the meantime, Askarov has entered his identify into the hat for a future title battle with an distinctive efficiency towards a longtime staple of the division.

8:30 p.m.: Nicely, guys. You have missed a complete lot in the event you’re simply now checking in. Six out of the primary seven fights ended inside the gap whereas Tim Elliott’s dominant determination over Jordan Espinoza included a section within the battle the place Elliott accused his opponent of home abuse in the course of the battle. Yeah, it was loads. So listed below are some highlights:













What time does UFC 259 begin?

  • Early prelims: 5:15 p.m. ET
  • Prelims: 8 p.m. ET
  • PPV most important card: 10 p.m. ET
  • The best way to watch: ESPN+ PPV ($89.98)

Broadcast protection of UFC 259 will start with the UFC Combat Move prelims at 5:15 p.m. ET adopted by the prelims at 8 p.m. ET. The pay-per-view occasion is ready to start at 10 p.m. ET. Adesanya and Blachowicz are anticipated to hit the Octagon about 12:15 a.m. ET, though the precise time is dependent upon the size of earlier fights.

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UFC 259 battle card & outcomes

Predominant card (ESPN+ PPV)

  • Jan Błachowicz (c) vs. Israel Adesanya for Błachowicz’s gentle heavyweight title
  • Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Megan Anderson for Nunes’ girls’s featherweight title
  • Petr Yan (c) vs. Aljamain Sterling for Yan’s bantamweight title
  • Islam Makhachev vs. Drew Dober; lightweights 
  • Thiago Santos vs. Aleksandar Rakić; gentle heavyweights  

Preliminary card (ESPN/ESPN+)

  • Dominick Cruz vs. Casey Kenney; bantamweights 
  • Kyler Phillips def. Music Yadong by way of unanimous determination (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28)
  • Askar Askarov def. Joseph Benavidez by way of unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27 & 30-26)
  • Kai Kara-France def. Rogério Bontorin by way of 1st-round TKO (4:55)  

Early prelims (ESPN+/UFC Combat Move)

  • Tim Elliott def. Jordan Espinosa by way of unanimous determination (30-27, 30-27 & 30-25)
  • Kennedy Nzechukwu def. Carlos Ulberg by way of 2nd-round KO (3:19) 
  • Sean Brady def. Jake Matthews by way of Third-round submission (3:28)
  • Amanda Lemos def Lívia Renata Souza 1st-round TKO (3:39)
  • Uroš Medić def. Aalon Cruz by way of 1st-round TKO (1:40)
  • Trevin Jones def. Mario Bautista by way of 2nd-round TKO (:47).

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