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UFC 259 complete results


UFC 259 took place Saturday, March 6th from the UFC Apex Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and aired exclusively on ESPN+ PPV. The event was headlined by middleweight champion Israel Adesanya moving up to challenger champion Jan Blachowicz for the lightheavyweight title. The co-main event pitged featherweight champion Amanda Nunes versus top contender Megan Anderson and in the third bout from the top, bantamweight champion Petr Yan defended his bantamweight title against Aljamain Sterling.

Main Card (Live on PPV, 10:00 PM EST)

-Jan Blachowicz defeated Israel Adesanya by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-45, 49-45)
-Amanda Nunes defeated Megan Anderson by Submission (Armbar, Round 1, 2:03)
-Aljamain Sterling defeated Petr Yan by DQ (Illegal Knee, Round 4, 4:29)
-Islam Makhachev defeated Drew Dober by Submission (Arm Triangle Choke, Round 3, 1:37)
-Aleksandar Rakic defeated Thiago Santos by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Preliminary Card (Live on ESPN, 8:00 PM EST)

-Dominick Cruz defeated Casey Kenney by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
-Kyler Phillips defeated Song Yadong by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Askar Askarov defeated Joseph Benavidez by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
-Kai Kara-France defeated Rogerio Bontorin by TKO (Strikes, Round 1, 4:55)

Early Prelims (Live on ESPN+, 6:00 PM EST)

-Tim Elliott defeated Jordan Espinosa by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)
-Kennedy Nzechukwu defeated Carlos Ulberg by TKO (Punches, Round 2, 3:19)
-Sean Brady defeated Jake Matthews by Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke, Round 3, 3:28)
-Amanda Lemos defeated Livinha Souza by TKO (Punches, Round 1, 3:39)
-Uros Medic defeated Aalon Cruz by TKO (Punches, Round 1, 1:40)
-Trevin Jones defeated Mario Bautista by TKO (Punches, Round 2, 0:40)

Event Background

The event is expected to be headlined by a UFC Light Heavyweight Championship bout between current champion Jan Błachowicz and current UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya. 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 will be the sixth time in UFC history that champions in different divisions will fight for the same title, following UFC 94, UFC 205, UFC 226, UFC 232 and UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw. Former title challenger Glover Teixeira will serve as backup and a potential replacement for this fight.

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 will serve as the co-main event. The pairing was initially scheduled for UFC 256, but Nunes pulled out due to an undisclosed injury and the bout was postponed.

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

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