UFC 259 has 3 title fights with four champions who meet crossroads that shape their respected divisions’ future. This Saturday also marks the beginning of the journey to MMA’s biggest climax fight, Israel Adesanya vs. Jon Jones.
A time when legends and warriors are shaped and mold, what better time to stake your claim on history? What better time to bring down a goddess? Maybe even make a merciless champion ask for mercy? All answers we will get this Saturday at UFC 259 on March 6.
For Petr “No Mercy” Yan, he needs to showcase that he is the champion of today and tomorrow. Show us why he got the nickname “No Mercy.” Aljamain “Funk Master” Sterling needs to prove that he can carry the cross of the title, champion. He cannot be another ruby on Yan’s belt; the bantamweight division is boiling hotter than a tea kettle. Top contenders, like Corey “Sandman” Sandhagen, are lurking for their taste of gold. There is no rest for the weary. The man walking out of that cage that night will be stepping into the pack of wolves that are lusting for gold. Aljo must use the blueprint from a former foe of the Russian champion, Magomed Magomedov. Wherever Magomed failed, Aljo must succeed. Petr must come with all guns blazing and not have a single doubt in his mind as the champion. When the opportunity presents itself, he must strike and capitalize. At these crossroads, whoever makes the other fall first will claim victory at UFC 259.
Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes looks to secure one of the most extraordinary feats in MMA history. With a win at UFC 259, she will be the only person to defend both her belts multiple times, simultaneously. Megan Anderson is essentially the “Last Hope” of the women’s featherweight division. If Anderson were to lose, the division would substantially dissipate. The storyline is simple and easy. With the division at a crossroad, Is Megan Anderson an ordinary fighter, compared to the goddess who is the champion, Nunes? Or, as the great Walter Savage Landor said, will she prove that nothing on earth is divine except humanity? Nunes has made all her foes crumble before her like sand in the wind. What does Megan offer that proves otherwise? What plateaus this from being a landslide victory? A tall task for a tall girl. Maybe she can de-claw “The Lioness” and be the 3rd ever UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion at UFC 259.
Finally, the main event: Israel Adesanya is trying to perfect what Conor McGregor started (ironic how Paradigm manages both superstars). He continued his dominating reign of the middleweights with a TKO victory at UFC 253 against Paulo Costa. “The Last Stylebender” looks to draw one step closer to the eventual super fight with Jon “Bones” Jones.
Standing in his way of this crossroads is brute Polish power. Jan Błachowicz needs to prove that he did not only beat a peaked-out Dominick Reyes but also that he is not a place holder nor a paper champion. The general public considers this fight a pitstop in the path to Jones vs. Adesanya. Błachowicz is now a father for the first time. He fights with bigger motivations. He fights for something his son and heir of his family name can be proud of. Is Jan Błachowicz a big enough roadblock to stand in between the crossroad of destiny and fate? A feat like a double champion is rarified air that only a fortuitous few have to breathe. Israel looks to add his name to the ranks of “Double Champ” and continue the path of making history and claim the status of G.O.A.T. in MMA history.
Crossroads are the end of one journey and the beginning of the next one. All champions come face to face with crossroads when it’s time for either their championship reign to be perpetual or if a new champion should take on the mantle. Six fighters, four champions, 3 title fights, 2 attempting to claim history, and one night that will be as memorable as any. Who will stand in the spotlight? Who will stand in the limelight? Find out this Saturday, March 6th at UFC 259, available on ESPN+ on PPV!
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