Adesanya vs Blachowicz
We have not been graced with a fight like this since like 2019 people, so before we deep dive into this, let’s take a moment of silence to appreciate the badassery that is UFC 259… **Spills beer on floor** Alright, let’s carry on.. This matchup doesn’t really need very much deep diving… Adesanya hasn’t realistically been put to the test often and is currently trailblazing his way to the divine gates known as the “Greatest of All Time”. Yes yes yes, I know…. But Luscious…. Blachowicz hits sooooooooo hard… well guess what? So did Romero and Paulo Costa (remember how that went?). Don’t do too much soul searching on this one… I’d take Adesanya and still sleep like a baby!
Nunez vs Anderson
Speaking of divine gates known as “Greatest of All Time”, while Adesanya is currently en-route, it seems like Nunez has been keeping a seat warm for him, being one of the only fighters to fend off contenders for two different UFC Titles simultaneously. This is still another comfortable pick for me but the floor is much lower… The fact that Anderson lost to Spencer who was destroyed by Nunez not more than 2 years ago severely puts my mind at ease… but, Anderson is a kick boxer by trade and the disparity in range and height do contribute significantly in this case… I would venture to say Nunez wins, but there is room for an upset, albeit a very small one.
Yan vs Sterling
In my humble opinion, this is the best fight on the card for UFC 259. That usually indicates it is not one worth betting on since these types of fights tend to go both ways. What happens when a steel-chin striker meets a significantly grappler with a tendency to capitalize from the back (that’s what she said)? That is the money question … thankfully… it is a question that’s easy to answer… common knowledge dictates that as long as the striker doesn’t get caught up on the ground, then the fight usually goes to the striker… and vice versa. I believe Sterling is going to take this fight, because I just can’t envision a scenario where it doesn’t go to the ground, but it would be irresponsible to prompt you guys to do the same… If you are chasing the green, this is a fight that is probably better to avoid. However, I firmly believe that it will not make it to the last round… make of that info what you will!
Makhachev vs Dober
SHOW ME THE MONEY….. apologies for such a short post… but this is truly a no-brainer, Makhachev (who was trained early on by Khabib’s father, as well as Khabib’s training partner) is poised to become the next generational talent. A lot of people are on Dober’s corner, but I don’t buy it… I’m Makhachev all day and sleeping like a baby about it.
Santos vs Rakic
Before we deep dive into what I feel has the makings of a potential title contender, it’s best to inform you that the last person to beat Blachowicz was Silva. Now, with that in mind, Santos is much older, is coming from a messed up knee, and hasn’t been in the win column for quite some time… but a lot of people attribute Santo’s short comings with his knee issues, and in reality… he’s just one fight away from a top 5 opportunity. This is another fight I would personally avoid, but if I had a gun to my head, I’d opt to go for Rakic. Santos is pretty careless at times and tends to make reckless moves as the fight progresses… I don’t really see an outright winner, but I see Satnos having more room for error.
If you are looking for action in the Pre Lims these are the 4 fighters I would take
Askar Askarov vs Joseph Benavidez
Sean Brady vs Jake Mathews
Song Yadong vs Casey Kenney
Livinha Souza vs Amanda Lemos