UFC 259 noticed the most effective prelim playing cards in latest reminiscence, if not ever, function an awesome appetiser for a stacked primary card.
With three world titles up for grabs and two bangers earlier than them, UFC 259 promised so much. Let’s get into the principle card.
Aleksandr Rakic def. Thiago Santos by way of unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
After an exhilarating prelims, this light-heavyweight conflict didn’t set the world on hearth to open the principle card.
Santos was nonetheless the quantity two ranked fighter at 205lbs regardless of solely managing one outing since difficult Jon Jones – and working him shut – again in 2019.
He wanted double knee surgical procedure after that struggle and as commentary saved noting, he appears to have misplaced numerous his capability to shut the gap and explode at opponents.
Important hanging was shut, however Santos can don’t have any complaints actually. Rakic landed some good kicks and edged it on aggression.
Santos has now misplaced three straight whenever you have a look at it on paper however this struggle wasn’t a needle-mover. If Santos would have received, no one would have kicked up a lot of a fuss – neither artificial an excessively compelling case.
Islam Makhachev def. Drew Dober by way of submission (arm triangle)
Many inside and out of doors of UFC consider that shut Khabib Nurmagomedov affiliate Islam Makhachev is the way forward for UFC. Due to the pandemic we didn’t get to see him in 2020, however he returned towards the surging Drew Dober.
Dober has three knockout wins in a row, however nearly instantly Makhachev took Dober down and with authority. Clearly, the Russian desires to negate Dober’s strengths on his ft and the American was frantically defending half-guard and full-mount.
Because the first-round got here to a detailed, Dober clung on for expensive life as Makhachev got here as shut as you probably can to sinking in an armbar, however Dober survived to listen to the buzzer.
The second spherical? Precisely the identical. Makhachev took Dober down as soon as once more together with his incredible grappling and Dober appeared exhausted battling with the Russian.
Simply 20 seconds into the third spherical, Makhachev had him down as soon as once more.
After grinding Dober down, Makhachev locked in an arm triangle cranking the neck and shoulder and compelled Dober to faucet. After the bout, Khabib, who was in his nook, celebrated together with his shut pal.
Aljamain Sterling def. Petr Yan © by way of disqualification
This struggle obtained out the blocks extremely fast with Aljamaine Sterling setting an insane tempo.
A rising knee stumbled Yan and Sterling scored a takedown not too lengthy after, however Yan landed a giant right-hand on the challenger’s chin and scored a knockdown which swung a spherical Sterling had actually received till that time.
Sterling’s leg-scissor takedown was a fantastic piece of labor, however Yan’s nook was dead-set on not stepping into any floor sport with the Jamaican irrespective of how a lot the challenger invited them.
Sterling might have taken the second-round together with his pure effort and he didn’t give Yan a second to breath.
Yan actually started to takeover within the third spherical as Sterling was clearly fatiguing from his early output.
The champion was in a position to push Sterling down after they obtained into the clinch on just a few events and it was clear Sterling wasn’t carrying the venom he entered the struggle with.
Within the fourth spherical the place Sterling was struggling to maintain up with Yan, the champion then landed a sickening knee when Sterling was down on one knee, an unlawful transfer in UFC.
It was flush, too. Sterling mainly didn’t defend it and the struggle was performed proper there.
As Sterling tried to gather himself, the referee referred to as the disqualification for an intentional unlawful knee and Sterling turned the brand new champion.
He was shedding on the playing cards 29-28, 29-28, 28-29 on the time. After the struggle, Daniel Cormier stated on commentary that Khabib Nurmagomedov knowledgeable them that Yan’s nook informed him to kick Sterling.
Amanda Nunes © def. Meagan Anderson by way of first-round KO
OK, so this received’t take lengthy! Amanda Nunes actually blitzed Meagan Anderson and wobbled the challenger together with her very first punch.
After a few photographs had Anderson staggered, Nunes pounced on her and locked in a reverse armbar triangle.
Simply two minutes work. Nunes completely wrecked Anderson, any person who has been knocking folks out herself. However she was completely out of her league. Nunes is in one other world in comparison with the remainder.
Jan Blachowicz © def. Israel Adesanya by way of unanimous resolution (49-46, 49-45, 49-45)
It simply wasn’t to be for Israel Adesanya and his goals of turning into a double champion as Jan Blachowicz proved that measurement does matter within the UFC 259 primary occasion.
The primary two rounds had been extremely tight as each males sought to realize a hanging benefit, however you might be forgiven for considering that Adesanya’s work on the skin was maybe simpler within the early going.
Just one choose gave Adesanya one of many first two rounds and issues solely obtained tougher from there.
The Final Stylebender couldn’t stand within the pocket with the Pole and through the temporary clinch exchanges it turned very clear that the 205lb champion had an enormous power benefit over Adesanya and that may dictate the ultimate two rounds.
Blachowicz took Adesanya down in each the fourth and fifth rounds and as soon as he did, there was nothing the middleweight champion might do about it.
All of the ability on the earth couldn’t make up for the uncooked measurement distinction on the evening and as soon as the Pole was on high of Adesanya, there was no coming again.