UFC 259: Who’s Next For Blachowicz, Adesanya And Others?

UFC 259: Blachowicz vs Adesanya Recap

UFC 259: Blachowicz vs Adesanya Recap

 

UFC 259 was full of drama and excitement as two titles were successfully defended, while one changed hands.

In the main event at UFC 259, light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz defended his title against Israel Adesanya via unanimous decision in a tactical tit-for-tat contest. In the co-main event, featherweight champion Amanda Nunes dispatched Megan Anderson in under three minutes to retain her title. The third title fight of the night stirred quite a lot of controversy after bantamweight champion Petr Yan was disqualified for an illegal knee in the fourth round.

Jan Blachowicz vs Israel Adesanya

Israel Adesanya made a fast start as expected, going back and forth with his strikes and feints, which Jan Blachowicz defended really well. Adesanya was slightly more efficient than Blachowicz in the first round, but the Polish managed to increase the intensity in the second round. However, ‘The Last Stylebender’ came back in the third round to land a few good shots on his opponent. In the fourth and fifth rounds, Blachowicz was able to land some big takedowns, helping him score well on the judges’ scorecards. Jan won the fight via unanimous decision and fulfilled his promise of handing Adesanya his first loss.

The fight was a high-level tactical battle between two elite fighters, and it was entertaining to watch.

While Adesanya lost his chance to become a double champion, he still has a lot of time ahead of him to come back and try his luck again. For the time being, he should focus on the middleweight division, which has a few exciting fights coming up, including Darren Till vs Marvin Vettori and Robert Whittaker vs Paulo Costa. ‘Izzy’ has a couple of options to ponder upon. For Blachowicz, a fight with Glover Teixeira makes perfect sense. The Brazilian, who served as a backup for the UFC 259 main event, is the number one ranked guy in the 205lbs division and deserves the title shot more than anybody else.

Amanda Nunes vs Megan Anderson

Amanda Nunes did what Amanda Nunes does best, which is finishing her counterparts right, left, and center. The two-division champion wasted no time as she rocked Megan Anderson with the first big punch she threw. Nunes then followed up with bombs, before slipping through an armbar to finish the fight as her opponent struggled to keep up with her on the mat.

Anderson wasn’t up to the level of competition that Nunes brought, but then again, there aren’t many female fighters who are as good as ‘The Lioness’. She was a -1300 favorite for a reason, and she didn’t disappoint. It was a walk in the park for her at UFC 259.

Nunes doesn’t have a lot of options that might excite her. If she wants to defend her title at featherweight again, she may wait for the fight between Felicia Spencer and Danyelle Wolf. She also has a few options at bantamweight, including facing the winner of the fight between Holly Holm and Julianna Pena. However, since Nunes has beaten both Spencer and Holm, she might not be interested in a rematch.

On the other hand, Anderson would simply have to wait for the UFC’s next move, since there’s not a lot for her at featherweight, and she’s too big for the bantamweight division.

Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling

Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling had all the tools to be the Fight of the Night, but the fight was unfortunately stopped due to an illegal knee strike. In the fourth round, Yan hit a grounded Sterling with a vicious knee to his head, essentially knocking him out. After some discussion, the referee stopped the fight, and awarded Sterling the win and the bantamweight belt, but ‘Funk Master’ decided to leave the title inside the Octagon because that’s not how he wanted to win it.

Sterling was fighting at a very high pace in the first two rounds and was causing the champion a few problems, but he started to fade from the third round onwards. The Russian was fully in control before he decided to throw it away. Reports suggest that his corner gave him the go-ahead to land a knee strike.

The obvious move to make here is to book an immediate rematch between the two fighters because technically, Yan didn’t lose his title, and Sterling didn’t win it. With still a round to go, the fight could have swayed either way.

Islam Makhchev vs Drew Dober

Islam Makhachev controlled Drew Dober from start to finish, which he earned in the third round via an arm-triangle choke. It was clear that Makhachev was cautious of Dober’s knockout power and didn’t want to keep the fight standing. He did what he had to do, which was to put on a grappling masterclass. Dober had no answers to it whatsoever.

After his fight with Dober, Makhachev called out Tony Ferguson, and it’s not a bad matchup by any means. We didn’t get to see Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov, but Makhachev vs Ferguson? That sounds like a very good idea.

Thiago Santos vs Aleksandar Rakic

While UFC 259 was an exciting event overall, it had its share of ‘boring’ fights. Thiago Santos vs Aleksandar Rakic didn’t live up to its expectations, since fans were expecting fireworks and they got the complete opposite in return. Cautious of each other’s power, both Santos and Rakic were reluctant to trade. Both had their moments, but couldn’t produce anything decisive. However, Rakic was able to do more compared to Santos and bagged a smart unanimous decision victory.

Santos has lost three in a row, and therefore, will have to work his way back up again. He should fight a top 10 contender next. As for Rakic, a top-five contender would suffice.

Prelims Results:

Dominick Cruz beat Casey Kenney via split decision

Kyler Phillips beat Song Yadong via unanimous decision

Askar Askarov beat Joseph Benavidez via unanimous decision

Kai Kara-France beat Rogerio Bontorin via TKO

Early Prelims Results:

Tim Elliott beat Jordan Espinosa via unanimous decision

Kennedy Nzechukwu beat Carlos Ulberg via TKO

Sean Brady beat Jake Matthews arm-triangle choke

Amanda Lemos beat Livia Renata Souza via TKO

Uros Medic beat Aalon Cruz via TKO

Trevin Jones beat Mario Bautista via TKO

Bonus Awards:

Fight of the Night: Kennedy Nzechukwu vs Carlos Ulberg

Performance of the Night: Uros Medic and Kai Kara-France

Who do you think Jan Blachowicz, Israel Adesanya, Amanda Nunes, and others should fight next after UFC 259?

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