This weekend’s card is stacked with three title fights none more so than the UFC 259 co-main event. Headlining the card is Jan Blachowicz taking on middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya. ‘The Last Stylebender’ will be stepping up in weight in an attempt to become a two-weight world champion. If successful, he won’t be the only two-weight world champion to have graced the cage at UFC 259. Amanda Nunes features in the co-main event and looks to continue her domination over two of the four women’s weight classes. Her opponent, Megan Anderson is one of the few legitimate featherweights in the UFC’s women’s division and looks to cause the upset of the year in the UFC 259 co-main event.
UFC 259 Co-Main Event
This fight was originally scheduled for UFC 256 in December of last year, however, Nunes had to withdraw due to injury. This fight will mark the first time that Nunes walks into the octagon as a mother, welcoming her first child to the world in
The consensus GOAT, Amanda Nunes returns after her true domination of Felicia Spencer at UFC 250. Riding an impressive 11 fight win streak, Nunes hasn’t tasted defeat since 2014. What’s more impressive is the names on her resume. Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, Meisha Tate, Cris Cyborg, Germain de Randamie and Valentina Shevchenko have all fallen at the hands of the lioness.
Defending her featherweight title for just the second time since capturing it back in 2018, Nunes looks yet again to eliminate any threat at the weight. The division itself has been dominated by blown up bantamweight and is extremely shallow. The official UFC website doesn’t even offer any rankings, simply stating that Nunes is the champion. Nunes has scary power at 135lbs and this carries over when she makes 145lbs. With 13 knockouts on her record, her power speaks for itself. Her most recent finish came when she brutally knocked out Holly Holm with a head kick. Will Anderson suffer the same fate in the UFC 259 co-main event? We’ll have to wait and see.
Megan Anderson will be taking part in the biggest fight of her career at UFC 259, but don’t expect the moment to get to her. A professional since 2013, Anderson has amassed a record of 11-4. Her UFC record stands at an unflattering 3-2, however. Losses to Holly Holm and Felicia Spencer halted her title bid, but impressive wins over Zarah Fairn Dos Santos and Norma Dumont have put her in the title picture. Granted, Dumont is a blown up bantamweight but the finish by Anderson was still impressive.
Prior to the UFC, Anderson held the Invicta FC featherweight strap, going 4-1 in the promotion. Her career stats, along with Nunes’ suggest that this one might not go the full 25-minute distance. Anderson has only gone to decision four times in 15 fights, finishing nine victories.
At 6ft tall, with a reach of 72.5 inches, Anderson will be the biggest (physically) fighter that Nunes has faced. Will this play to her advantage at UFC 259? We’ll have to tune in to find out. One thing is for sure, she’ll come with a solid game plan devised by James Krause.
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