The UFC will strike an engaging stretch of occasions in which we will see 5 title battles (including 6 champs) in the period of one calendar month.

It begins on Saturday night with UFC 259, which will be the seventh occasion in UFC history to include 3 title battles. In the primary occasion, light heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz (27-8) will seek to ruin a quote by middleweight champ Israel Adesanya (20-0) to end up being a two-weight champ.

The occasion at UFC Pinnacle in Las Vegas likewise includes the GOAT of ladies’s Mixed Martial Arts, two-division champ Amanda Nunes (20-4), who will safeguard her featherweight champion for the 2nd time, dealing with Megan Anderson (10-4). The 3rd title bout is at guys’s bantamweight, where champ Petr Yan (15-1) will attempt to knock off red-hot No. 1 competitor Aljamain Sterling (19-3).

How to purchase UFC 259

When I take a look at UFC 259, this is among those occasions you require to enjoy from start to end up. Adesanya is coming off among the very best battles of his profession, a TKO of Paulo Costa in September, and will be leading the charge in regards to PPV purchases. However the crucial factor this card is amazing is the amount of its parts.

Enable me to rattle off a few of the stories that right away leap off the page– which do not consist of the 3 title battles:

  • Islam Makhachev may be the real beneficiary to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s throne at light-weight. You talk with individuals around the American Kickboxing Academy camp, the training house of both guys, and you’ll hear that Makhachev is every bit as skilled as his popular pal, whom he matured with in Dagestan and has actually been training with because they were kids.

  • Thiago Santos vs. Aleksandar Rakić is simply a heck of a battle. And with Jon Jones having actually proceeded from light heavyweight, a minimum of in the meantime, the department is broad open and has a great deal of fresh faces. More youthful skills like Rakić, Jimmy Crute, Johnny Walker, Ryan Spann and Jamahal Hill assistance make light heavyweight intriguing.

  • I was shocked when Dominick Cruz accepted a battle versus Casey Kenney. No disrespect to Kenney, however he’s not a home name at all, and he’s a hard battle. This is a crossroads defend Cruz, who is still the very best bantamweight of perpetuity, in my viewpoint.

  • What’s Joseph Benavidez got left in the tank? We’re discussing a male who was the second-best flyweight worldwide for several years and now remains in what might be the golden of his profession. Benavidez is coming off back-to-back knockout losses in title battles. I do truly question what Benavidez will appear like this weekend. Askar Askarov will definitely evaluate him.

  • This card is heavy on young potential customers who have not yet entirely showed themselves: Mario Bautista, Uroš Medić, Aalon Cruz, Carlos Ulberg, Kennedy Nzechukwu, Kyler Phillips and Rogério Bontorin. These are all names I think suffice to break the leading 10 and be competitors eventually. That’s a great deal of young skill in one prelim lineup.

Truthfully, I might go on, however you understand. In a week in which I’m presuming you’ll get your fill of Blachowicz vs. Adesanya material, I wished to take this chance to mention: Do not sleep on this undercard! There are no squash matches. Every battle deserves your attention. Clear your whole schedule for Saturday night. You will not regret it.

Saturday’s battle card

PPV (by means of ESPN+), 10 p.m. ET
Jan Blachowicz (c) vs. Israel Adesanya|Light heavyweight
Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Megan Anderson|Women’s featherweight
Petr Yan (c) vs. Aljamain Sterling|Male’s bantamweight
Islam Makhachev vs. Drew Dober|Light-weight
Aleksandar Rakić vs. Thiago Santos|Light heavyweight
ESPN/ESPN Deportes/ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET
Dominick Cruz vs. Casey Kenney|Male’s bantamweight
Tune Yadong vs. Kyler Phillips|Male’s bantamweight
Joseph Benavidez vs. Askar Askarov|Male’s flyweight
Rogério Bontorin vs. Kai Kara-France|Male’s flyweight
ESPN+, 5:15 p.m. ET
Tim Elliott vs. Jordan Espinosa|Male’s flyweight
Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Carlos Ulberg|Light heavyweight
Sean Brady vs. Jake Matthews|Welterweight
Livinha Souza vs. Amanda Lemos|Strawweight
Uroš Medić vs. Aalon Cruz|Light-weight
Trevin Jones vs. Mario Bautista|Male’s bantamweight
( c) = safeguarding champ


By the numbers

7: Fighters who have actually won UFC champions in numerous weight classes. Adesanya is aiming to sign up with Randy Couture, BJ Penn, Conor McGregor, Georges St-Pierre, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes and Henry Cejudo in achieving that task. He would be the 5th (in addition to McGregor, Cormier, Nunes and Cejudo) to hold both titles concurrently.

4: Fighters who have actually won their very first 10 UFC bouts. Adesanya can end up being the 5th on Saturday, signing up with Royce Gracie, Anderson Silva, Kamaru Usman and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

52: Percent of takedown efforts on which Blachowicz succeeds, the very best precision amongst active light heavyweights with a minimum of 5 UFC battles. He hardly ever chooses takedowns, nevertheless, and is 0-1 in his previous 4 battles.

6-14-2, 1 NC: Integrated record of oppositions who were wagering favorites in UFC title bouts (because 2008, the time in which total chances are offered). Adesanya is a -240 preferred to win the light heavyweight belt.

10: Combats in which Blachowicz was an underdog, amongst his 15 UFC looks. He is 7-3 as an underdog, consisting of 4-1 when dealing with chances of a minimum of +180. That ties Blachowicz with Daniel Kelly, Tim Boetsch and Andrei Arlovski for the most wins as a +180 underdog in the previous years. This is the 3rd straight time he has actually been an underdog.

Sources: ESPN Statistics & & Details and UFC Statistics

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5 vs. 5

Jan Blachowicz’s newest outcomes
Win: Dominick Reyes (TKO2, Sept. 27, 2020; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Corey Anderson (KO1, Feb. 15, 2020; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (SD, Nov. 16, 2019; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Luke Rockhold (KO2, July 6, 2019; watch on ESPN+)
Loss: Thiago Santos (TKO3, Feb. 23, 2019; watch on ESPN+)

Israel Adesanya’s newest outcomes
Win: Paulo Costa (TKO2, Sept. 27, 2020; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Yoel Romero (UD, March 7, 2020; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Robert Whittaker (KO2, Oct. 6, 2019; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Kelvin Gastelum (UD, April 13, 2019; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Anderson Silva (UD, Feb. 10, 2019; watch on ESPN+)

Angie & & Gil’s movie research study

Gilbert Melendez on Blachowicz’s standup:

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On Opening Triumph, Gilbert Melendez demonstrates how UFC light heavyweght champ Jan Blachowicz annoys his challengers with his standup video game.

Angela Hill on Adesanya’s counterattack:

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In this excerpt from Opening Triumph, Angela Hill breaks down how Israel Adesanya’s capability to counter resulted in his knockout win vs. Robert Whittaker.

And the winner is …

” I will never ever choose versus Adesanya,” stated Javier Mendez, coach at American Kickboxing Academy. “He’s amazing. I delight in seeing that man. He has a fantastic Mixed Martial Arts IQ. That’s a kickboxer that actually understands how to utilize his video game in Mixed Martial Arts. That man is badass. He’s my preferred to enjoy outdoors my people– without a doubt.”

That’s full marks, thinking about that the list of Mendez’s people consists of a UFC champ (and pound-for-pound No. 1), Khabib Nurmagomedov, in addition to previous champs Daniel Cormier, Cain Velasquez and Luke Rockhold.

Have A Look At how Mendez and other specialists break down the centerpiece.


By the numbers

-1100: Betting chances on Nunes. Fighters preferred by a minimum of -1000 are 12-2 in title battles in the previous years. A triumph by Anderson, a +700 underdog, would be the second-largest upset in a UFC ladies’s title battle, behind +870 underdog Holly Holm’s 2015 knockout of Ronda Rousey.

0: Fighters who have actually protected UFC titles in numerous weight classes numerous times. Nunes is looking for to be the very first. She currently has actually protected at both bantamweight (5 times) and featherweight (as soon as), making her among simply 3 two-division champs (in addition to Henry Cejudo and Daniel Cormier) to effectively safeguard both of their titles.

7: Knockouts in the UFC by Nunes, without a doubt the most by a lady. Cris Cyborg and Jessica Andrade share 2nd location with 4 each.

5: UFC battles at featherweight by Anderson, connecting her with Cyborg for the most in a department in which there have actually been simply 15 overall bouts. Anderson’s 3 wins at 145 pounds are the 2nd most, one behind Cyborg’s overall.

1,702: Days it will have been, on battle night, that Nunes has actually been a UFC champ. She won the bantamweight title at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016, making her the longest-reigning existing champ.

Sources: ESPN Statistics & & Details and UFC Statistics

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5 vs. 5

Amanda Nunes’ newest outcomes
Win: Felicia Spencer (UD, June 6, 2020; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Germaine de Randamie (UD, Dec. 14, 2019; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Holly Holm (TKO1, July 6, 2019; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Cris Cyborg (KO1, Dec. 29, 2018)
Win: Raquel Pennington (TKO5, Might 12, 2018; watch on ESPN+)

Megan Anderson’s newest outcomes
Win: Norma Dumont Viana (KO1, Feb. 29, 2020; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Zarah Fairn dos Santos (Sub1, Oct. 6, 2019; watch on ESPN+)
Loss: Felicia Spencer (Sub1, Might 18, 2019; )
Win: Feline Zingano (TKO1, Dec. 29, 2018)
Loss: Holly Holm (UD, June 9, 2018)

Angie & & Gil’s movie research study

Angela Hill on Nunes’ flying starts:

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On Opening Triumph, Angela Hill shows how Amanda Nunes utilizes leg kicks and long jabs early in battles.

And the winner is …

” It’s actually tough to wager versus Nunes, however I believe a great deal of individuals are taking a look at it like a washout– like, no matter what, she’s going to win. I do not actually see it like that,” stated UFC ladies’s featherweight Felicia Spencer, who has actually combated both ladies. “I may be prejudiced, since I sort of desire Megan to win. I believe a Megan win would make things actually intriguing in the department.”

Take a look at the breakdowns and forecasts by Spencer and other specialists.


By the numbers

0: Yan challengers who remained in the leading 5 at guys’s bantamweight in the UFC’s rankings at the time of their battle. He won the champion in July with a success over Jose Aldo, who was No. 6 at the time. Just 2 of Yan’s success have actually come versus fighters presently in the UFC’s leading 15.

3: Successive success by Sterling versus challengers in the leading 5 in the UFC rankings. He has actually combated 5 fighters who are presently ranked by the UFC, consisting of No. 2 bantamweight Cory Sandhagen, whom Sterling beat by first-round submission in June.

7: Successive wins by Yan in the UFC, connecting him with Raphael Assuncao and Renan Barao for the longest streak in guys’s bantamweight history.

8: Knockdowns in the UFC by Yan, one shy of the guys’s bantamweight record shared by TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt.

4: Submissions in the UFC by Sterling, the 3rd most in guys’s bantamweight history behind Urijah Faber’s 6 and Rani Yahya’s 5. Sterling’s 11 submission efforts are one shy of the record for UFC 135-pounders.

Sources: ESPN Statistics & & Details and UFC Statistics

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5 vs. 5

Petr Yan’s newest outcomes
Win: Jose Aldo (TKO5, July 12, 2020; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Urijah Faber (KO3, Dec. 14, 2019; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Jimmie Rivera (UD, June 8, 2019; watch on ESPN+)
Win: John Dodson (UD, Feb. 23, 2019; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Douglas Silva de Andrade (TKO2, Dec. 29, 2018)

Aljamain Sterling’s newest outcomes
Win: Cory Sandhagen (Sub1, June 6, 2020; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Pedro Munhoz (UD, June 8, 2019; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Jimmie Rivera (UD, Feb. 17, 2019; watch on ESPN+)
Win: Cody Stamann (Sub2, Sept. 8, 2018)
Win: Brett Johns (UD, April 21, 2018)

View how Petr Yan got to where he is:

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Have A Look At a few of the very best minutes that have actually specified Petr Yan’s amazing UFC profession leading up to UFC 259.

And the winner is …

” I believe among Aljamain’s most significant benefits is his size. He is among the larger 135ers out there,” stated Brandon Gibson, striking coach at JacksonWink Mixed Martial Arts. “His submission over Sandhagen was ultra-crafty. However I believe my most significant unknown for Aljamain is, what is he gon na appear like in a five-round bout? What’s he going to appear like in Rounds 4 and 5?”

This is the most equally matched of Saturday’s 3 title battles, according to oddsmakers. Take a look at how Gibson and other specialists simplify.


How to enjoy the battles

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When 3 belts have actually been on the line …

This is the seventh battle card in UFC history with 3 title bouts and the 4th on which 3 ruling champs will be putting their titles up for grabs, according to ESPN Statistics & & Details. All of these occasions have actually occurred within the previous 4 1/2 years.

UFC 205 (Nov. 12, 2016): One champ won (Joanna Jedrzejczyk), one lost (Eddie Alvarez) and one combated to a draw (Tyron Woodley). The opposition who won was Conor McGregor, who went up from featherweight to end up being the UFC’s very first champ-champ.

UFC 217 (Nov. 4, 2017): Oppositions went 3-0, with Georges St-Pierre sending Michael Bisping at middleweight, TJ Dillashaw knocking out Cody Garbrandt at bantamweight and Rose Namajunas knocking out Jedrzejczyk at strawweight.

UFC 245 (Dec. 14, 2019): Champions went 2-1, as Kamaru Usman effectively protected at welterweight and Amanda Nunes did so at bantamweight. Max Holloway lost his featherweight belt to Alexander Volkanovski.

Note: The other cards including 3 title battles were UFC 33, 214 and 251, all of which had defend uninhabited belts. And aside from UFC 217, there have actually been 3 other occasions at which numerous belts altered hands (UFC 46, 92 and 185).

5 more things to understand (from ESPN Statistics & & Details)

1. Islam Makhachev, who deals with light-weight Drew Dober, has actually won 6 straight battles on the strength of not getting struck really frequently. He soaks up 0.76 substantial strikes per minute, the least in UFC history (minimum of 5 bouts). Dober enters into the battle 3 straight knockouts and has 11 in his profession.

2. Thiago Santos has 11 knockout wins in the UFC, one shy of Derrick Lewis’ modern-era promo record. He deals with Aleksandar Rakić, who is proficient at beating challengers to the punch. Rakić’s +2.67 substantial strike differential is 2nd finest in the UFC’s modern-day age. Santos is No. 5 in the ESPN light heavyweight rankings, Rakić No. 9.

3. Previous guys’s bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz remains in simply his 2nd battle because 2017 and has actually lost his previous 2. His last win was a choice over Urijah Faber in June 2016, and his last nontitle bout was a KO of Takeya Mizugaki in September 2014. He deals with Casey Kenney, who has actually won 3 in a row.

4. Tune Yadong, who battles Kyler Phillips, is 5-0-1 in the UFC, connecting him for the third-most wins amongst Chinese-born fighters. He can connect Yan Xiaonan for 2nd location with a success.

5. Joseph Benavidez has actually lost his previous 2 battles, both versus existing guys’s flyweight champ Deiveson Figueiredo, however is 15-1 in UFC nontitle bouts. Benavidez, No. 4 in the ESPN rankings at 125 pounds, handles sixth-ranked Askar Askarov, who is unbeaten.

ESPN’s Jeff Wagenheim added to this battle sneak peek.

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