We’re here. It doesn’t get bigger than this folks. It really doesn’t. 4 world champions, 3 world championship fights, and 1 intense night of fights is here as UFC 259 will take place in the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada tomorrow night.
HOLY SHIT i can't wait pic.twitter.com/MRTalcxoH0
— danawhite (@danawhite) March 4, 2021
When i think of some of the most stacked cards in the history of this sport, at least talent wise, this one will be mentioned for a long time. Now lets get right to it and start with the main event where the Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will try and become the 5th double champ in UFC history and take on the Light Heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz.
Israel Adesanya (C) (-230) vs Jan Blachowicz (C) (+185)-Light Heavyweight Championship
A growing legacy…
🏆 Stylebender looks to take his next step at #UFC259.
— UFC (@ufc) March 2, 2021
I think Adesanya honestly might run through him and kind of make it look easy. Israel right now is on a different level, he’s arguably the greatest striker we’ve ever seen in this sport and without a doubt the best in the game today. I’ve watched thousands of fights and there is no one that sticks out in terms of precision and accuracy like the Last Stylebender.
I don’t think Jan has the firepower to match someone like Israel, his only chance will be to clip him and catch him because he certainly has the power to do so but dam I just think Israel is going to be too slick, too quick, and he’s just going to pick him apart and have his way. I think he’s going to knock him out. His speed is on a different level — and not only his physical speed, but his decision-making. He’s on top of it before you can even think about it. He’s just going to pick Jan apart and I see him finishing this in the 3rd or 4th round.
Next up is the GOAT of women’s MMA defending her Featherweight championship against an Australian challenger that happens to have a 5 inch height advantage. But that might be about it in terms of advantages…
Amanda Nunes (C) (-1250) vs #1 Megan Anderson (+750)- Women’s Featherweight Championship
A new challenge has arrived…
Will 🏆🏆 @Amanda_Leoa continue to rise to the occasion?
— UFC (@ufc) March 1, 2021
Now this one is a little easier to call than the other fights on this card. Amanda Nunes is just too good and has honestly run out of challengers in this division and even the bantamweight division as well. This is not saying that Megan cannot pull off the miracle, but man, it’ll be very very very difficult to do that.
Nunes is the double champ, in her prime, she’s the goat of this sport. She’s made it look easy against Hall of Famers and great champions. Her most recent fight, against Felicia Spencer back in June, was just an incredible five-round performance by Nunes. Excellent wrestling, ground-and-pound, submissions, striking. She is just so confident in that octagon at this point that I just dont even know how you could pick against her. I think she’ll have a similar performance like the last one and have excellent wrestling and ground and pound vs a larger girl in Megan Anderson. Nunes by 4th round TKO.
Now this next and first title fight of the night is the toughest one to call. These 2 gentlemen have been on a collision course for what seems like forever now.
Petr Yan (C) (-110) vs #1 Aljamain Sterling (-110)- Bantamweight Championship
Two absolute problems! Two different gameplans!
— UFC (@ufc) March 2, 2021
This is a real close one. Yan has been on a tear and is one of the better strikers in this division. But my concern is his last 2 wins have come against 2 hall of famers that have a loooot of miles on them and are more than likely on the back ends of their careers. Aljo Sterling just submitted Cory Sandhagen in 90 seconds. I mean that’s absolutely preposterous. What Sterling did to Sandhagen showed me that his grappling is at another level than a lot of these guys in this division. Sandhagen is a killer. He’s a monster. I think he’s gonna end up being champion sooner rather than later, and will be facing the winner of this fight. But the way Aljo manhandled him on the ground, it just showed that there’s levels to this game. Petr Yan’s only loss was to a grappler, a guy who was taking him down throughout the fight. Now, Aljo is training with that guy. I think Aljamain Sterling gets the job done, im going to say its close though. I’ll say by split decision.
Now for the 2 fights that start the main card, these are BANGERS.
#14 Islam Makhachev (-335) vs #15 Drew Dober (+250)- Lightweight Bout
Now this is a little easier for me to call. Rumor has it that Islam Makhachev has thrown Khabib around in training, yes that Khabib. His team claims him to be a future world champion and I have no reason not to believe them. But this is certaintly his biggest challenge to date as Drew Dober aint not slouch. Im going to take Makhachev by UD in this one, im excited for people to watch him. This will be a big coming out party for him.
And to open the main card, is a HUGE fight between top 5 contenders.
#2 Thiago Santos (+138) vs #4 Alexsander Rakic (-167)- Light Heavyweight Bout
This is a big one and is a great fight to start the PPV. I believe this to be a huge stylistic matchup for Rakic and I think this will be a close one. This will be Santos’ second fight since blowing out his knee, so I do expect him to be better and more dangerous than his last fight. But, Rakic is the real deal and People will get a chance to see how good he is. The fists will be flying to start the night and I see Rakic taking this by Split decision.
Now let’s look at the rest of the card. I mean when you have the great and future hall of famer #11 Dominick Cruz in the prelims, that’s when you know it will be a good night and a STACKED card.
Start to finish, #UFC259 is LOADED with talent 🤩
— UFC (@ufc) March 3, 2021
Im really high on Casey Kenny, ive talked to him 1 on 1 and he’s one of my favorite interview to date. Such a cool dude striving to be the best. While I dont condone his actions a few weeks ago, he made a mistake and he’s a young kid. He’ll be ok. I hope that doesn’t derail him for this fight. He’s fighting one of the greatest bantamweights in history. Ive been flip flopping on this one because I have a very hard time picking against Dom and im honestly surprised he’s the dog here. So I do think Dom gets it done, but im not particularly confident in this one at all.
Others to look out for, #14 Song Yadong, im really high on him as a talent and would be pretty shocked if he lost this weekend. I love the #2 Joseph Benavidez vs #4 Askar Askarov matchup. I really want to give this one to Benavidez because he’s the dog. But Askarov is undefeated and thats for a reason. Benavidez will be his toughest challenger but man I think Askarov get the job done here.
I love #8 Flyweight Kai Kara France in his fight against Rodrigo Bontorin. He’s a name to watch out for in 2021.
Im taking #12 Tim Elliot on the early prelims, I’ve talked to his fiance Gina Mazany twice and have grown to really enjoy Tim as a persona and a fighter. I would love to see him get the job done tomorrow night.
On paper, this is arguably the greatest card in MMA history from a talent perspective from top to bottom. My hands are already clammy and its not from typing 1300 words for this. I truly believe we are in for an all timer tomorrow night.
FINAL 5 FIGHT PARLAY: ADESANYA, NUNES, STERLING, MAKHACHEV, RAKIC. LETS. GO.