UFC 259 goes down Saturday night from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. The loaded card is headlined by a trio of championship fights, with middleweight champion Israel Adesanya ‘s bid to become a two-division champion when he challenges light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz in the main event.
Amanda Nunes makes her return to the Octagon in the co-main event as the two-division champion looks to defend her 145-pound title against rising contender Megan Anderson. Nunes has fought just once in the last 15 months due to minor injuries, COVID-19 protocols and the birth of her first child. Plus, the first title tilt to kick off the action will see bantamweight champ Petr Yan look to make his first defense of the 135-pound strap against top challenger Aljamain Sterling.
The main card action kicks off at 10 p.m. ET (4: 00 am WAT)
Fight cards in MMA don’t get much bigger than what fans will witness on Saturday night at UFC 259 in Las Vegas. A trio of titles will be on the line with four champions in action from the UFC APEX and fans can’t wait to see how it all goes down. This card has really only two close comparisons when it comes to stacking title fights together — UFC 217 in 2017 that saw three titles at stake (bantamweight, women’s strawweight and middleweight) and UFC 205 in 2016 (women’s strawweight, welterweight and lightweight with Conor McGregor moving up as featherweight champion to challenge for the 155-pound title).
The main event will see middleweight champ Israel Adesanya make the journey 20 pounds north to light heavyweight to challenge light heavyweight king Jan Blachowicz for the 205-pound title. If successful, Adesanya will become the fifth simultaneous two-division champion in promotional history. It would also be the fastest any fighter has accomplished that feat as he makes just his 10th walk to the Octagon on Saturday.
But in his way stands a difficult task in Blachowicz. The Polish champion has bounced back nicely from a 2-4 start to his UFC career to go 9-1 in his last 10. He’s also scored three knockouts amid his current four-fight winning streak to secure the title vacated by Jon Jones.