Israel Adesanya came up short in his quest for a second UFC title last night (Sat., Mar. 6, 2021) at UFC 259 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, as the middleweight king lost to reigning light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz via unanimous decision in the main event (see it HERE).
In addition to the main event showdown, a long list of main card and “Prelims” fighters turned in memorable performances all night long. Check them out below:
- Amanda Nunes defended her UFC women’s featherweight title with a quick submission over Megan Anderson
- Petr Yan lost his bantamweight strap after blasting Aljamain Sterling with an illegal knee (see it HERE)
- Islam Makhachev pushed his lightweight win streak to seven with a late submission win over Drew Dober
- Sean Brady kept his perfect welterweight record in tact with a submission finish over Jake Matthews
- Dominick Cruz and Casey Kenney battled tooth-and-nail in a memorable “Prelims” headliner, with the former UFC champion coming out on top
- Flyweight contender Kai Kara-France scored a walk-off TKO over submission specialist Rogerio Bontorin
- Uros Medic made good on his UFC debut with a quick TKO stoppage over Aalon Cruz (highlights HERE)
- Bantamweight finisher Trevin Jones earned another upset win with a second-round TKO finish over Mario Bautista
- Light heavyweight Kennedy Nzechukwu spoiled the Octagon debut of Carlos Ulberg in a wild exchange of strikes that ended in a second-round knockout
In order to sift through the action and see which fighters took home an extra $50,000, we take a closer look at the official UFC 259 bonus winners below:
Fight of the Night: Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Carlos Ulberg
Performance of the Night: Kai Kara-France
Performance of the Night: Uros Medic
For complete UFC 259 results and coverage click here.