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UFC 259: Błachowicz vs. Adesanya
UFC 259 poster.jpg
The poster for UFC 259: Błachowicz vs. Adesanya.
Information
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateMarch 6, 2021 (2021-03-06)
VenueUFC Apex
CityEnterprise, Nevada, United States
AttendanceNone (behind closed doors)[1]
Buyrate800,000[2]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gane UFC 259: Błachowicz vs. Adesanya UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad

UFC 259: Błachowicz vs. Adesanya was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on March 6, 2021 at the UFC Apex facility in Enterprise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area, United States.[3][4]

Background[edit]

Błachowicz (left) made his first title defense. Meanwhile, then undefeated Adesanya (right) aspired to become the first fighter to hold the light heavyweight and middleweight titles simultaneously.

The event was headlined by a UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout between current champion Jan Błachowicz (also former KSW Light Heavyweight Champion) and current UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya.[5] If successful, Adesanya would become the fourth man to be champion in two divisions simultaneously and fifth fighter overall (after Conor McGregor at UFC 205, Daniel Cormier at UFC 226, Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 and Henry Cejudo at UFC 238), as well as the eighth person overall to win a title in different divisions. This was the sixth time in UFC history that champions in different divisions fought for the same title, following UFC 94, UFC 205, UFC 226, UFC 232 and UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw.[6][7] Former title challenger Glover Teixeira served as backup and a potential replacement for this fight.[8][9]

A UFC Women's Featherweight Championship bout between the current champion Amanda Nunes (also the current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion) and former Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Megan Anderson served as the co-main event.[10] The pairing was initially scheduled for UFC 256, but Nunes pulled out due to an undisclosed injury and the bout was postponed.[11]

A UFC Bantamweight Championship bout between current champion Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling completed the triad of title fights.[12] They were also scheduled for UFC 256, but Yan pulled out due to visa and travel issues, leading to the postponement.[13][14]

A flyweight bout between former UFC Flyweight Championship challenger Tim Elliott (also The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions flyweight winner) and Jordan Espinosa was expected to take place at UFC on ABC: Holloway vs. Kattar.[15] However, Espinosa tested positive for COVID-19 in late December and the pairing was moved to this event.[16]

A lightweight bout between Islam Makhachev and Drew Dober took place at this event.[17] They were previously scheduled to meet in April 2016 at UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans, but the bout was scrapped after Makhachev failed an out-of-competition drug screening, testing positive for the banned anti-ischemic meldonium.[18]

Randy Costa was expected to face Trevin Jones in a bantamweight bout at the event.[19] However on February 16, Costa withdrew due to an undisclosed injury and was replaced by Mario Bautista.[20][21]

At the weigh-ins, Askar Askarov weighed in at 127 pounds, one pound over the flyweight non-title fight limit. His bout proceeded at a catchweight and he was fined a percentage of his individual purse, which went to his opponent, former flyweight title challenger Joseph Benavidez.[22]

Results[edit]

Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Jan Błachowicz (c) def. Israel Adesanya Decision (unanimous) (49–46, 49–45, 49–45) 5 5:00 [a]
Women’s Featherweight Amanda Nunes (c) def. Megan Anderson Submission (triangle armbar) 1 2:03 [b]
Bantamweight Aljamain Sterling def. Petr Yan (c) DQ (illegal knee) 4 4:29 [c]
Lightweight Islam Makhachev def. Drew Dober Submission (arm-triangle choke) 3 1:37
Light Heavyweight Aleksandar Rakić def. Thiago Santos Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary card (ESPN / ESPN+)
Bantamweight Dominick Cruz def. Casey Kenney Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Kyler Phillips def. Song Yadong Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Catchweight (127 lb) Askar Askarov def. Joseph Benavidez Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–26) 3 5:00
Flyweight Kai Kara-France def. Rogério Bontorin KO (punches) 1 4:55
Early preliminary card (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass)
Flyweight Tim Elliott def. Jordan Espinosa Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–25) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Kennedy Nzechukwu def. Carlos Ulberg KO (punches) 2 3:19
Welterweight Sean Brady def. Jake Matthews Submission (arm-triangle choke) 3 3:28
Women’s Strawweight Amanda Lemos def. Lívia Renata Souza TKO (punches) 1 3:39
Lightweight Uroš Medić def. Aalon Cruz TKO (punches) 1 1:40
Bantamweight Trevin Jones def. Mario Bautista TKO (punches) 2 0:47

[23]

Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.[24]

  • Fight of the Night: Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Carlos Ulberg
  • Performance of the Night: Kai Kara-France and Uroš Medić

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Damon Martin (2021-03-11). "UFC 259 reportedly delivers 800,000 buys worldwide". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  3. ^ Staff (2021-01-24). "Official: UFC confirmed the hit duel of Jan Błachowicz". sport.pl. Retrieved 2021-01-24. (in Polish)
  4. ^ Mike Heck (2021-01-30). "Dana White confirms UFC 259 will take place in Las Vegas". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2021-01-30.
  5. ^ Mike Bohn (2020-12-30). "Champ vs. champ: Jan Blachowicz puts up light heavyweight title vs. Israel Adesanya at UFC 259". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  6. ^ Staff (2020-12-30). "UFC real or not: This is the right time for Israel Adesanya's double-champ move". espn.com. Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  7. ^ Brett Okamoto (2020-12-30). "Israel Adesanya to challenge Jan Blachowicz at light heavyweight on March 6". espn.com. Retrieved 2020-12-31.
  8. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2021-02-10). "Glover Teixeira says he will be backup for Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya at UFC 259". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  9. ^ Danny Segura (2021-03-05). "Glover Teixeira on standby for UFC 259 main event after making championship weight". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-03-06.
  10. ^ Brett Okamoto (2020-12-21). "Amanda Nunes-Megan Anderson title fight rebooked to March 6". espn.com. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  11. ^ Staff (2020-11-09). "Megan Anderson says Amanda Nunes out of UFC 256, title fight pushed to 2021". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  12. ^ Mike Bohn and Nolan King (2021-01-07). "UFC 259 gets third title fight with Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling rebooking". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-01-07.
  13. ^ Staff (2020-11-22). "Yan vs. Sterling UFC title fight canceled". tass.ru. Retrieved 2021-01-07. (in Russian)
  14. ^ Jed Meshew (2020-11-24). "Morning Report: Petr Yan reveals why he withdrew from scheduled title defense against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 256". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2021-01-07.
  15. ^ Farah Hannoun (2020-10-15). "UFC books Tim Elliott vs. Jordan Espinosa for Jan. 16 event". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
  16. ^ Staff and Nolan King (2020-12-22). "Jordan Espinosa tests positive for COVID-19; Tim Elliott fight rescheduled for UFC 259". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  17. ^ Jay Anderson (2020-12-21). "Drew Dober vs. Islam Makhachev booked for UFC 259". cagesidepress.com. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  18. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-04-15). "Islam Makhachev tests positive for banned substance, UFC on Fox 19 bout canceled". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  19. ^ Farah Hannoun and Nolan King (2020-11-28). "Randy Costa vs. Trevin Jones added to UFC's March 6 event". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  20. ^ Nolan King (2021-02-16). "Randy Costa withdraws from UFC 259; Trevin Jones needs new opponent". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  21. ^ Farah Hannoun (2021-02-18). "With Randy Costa out, Trevin Jones meets Mario Bautista at UFC 259 on March 6". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-02-18.
  22. ^ Staff (2021-03-05). "UFC 259: Three title fights, 15 bouts overall official – with one miss". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  23. ^ "UFC 259: Błachowicz vs. Adesanya". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2021-01-24.
  24. ^ Staff (2021-03-07). "UFC 259 bonuses: All four $50,000 winners come from the prelims". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-03-07.