The UFC Will Be The #1 Winner At UFC 259, No Matter The Winner of Blachowicz vs Adesanya

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By: Daniel Rebain – NHL/UFC Staff Writer

UFC 259 takes place on Saturday, March 6th, 2021 and on paper, it is the most STACKED UFC card in the history of the sport. You have fighters like Islam Makhachev (18-1), Thiago Santos (21-8), Aleksander Rakic (13-2), Dominick Cruz (22-3), Joseph Benavidez (28-7) and so many more on this card. And that’s before you even notice that there’s three title fights. Yes, you heard me correctly when I said THREE, title fights as well on this card.

With the likes of Bantamweight champ Petr Yan (15-1) taking on the pride of Long Island in Aljamain Sterling (19-3), who choked out Cody Sandhagan (14-2) in less than1:30 in his last fight. Then in the Co-Main event you have the female GOAT in Amanda Nunes (20-4), who has won 11 straight fights including defending both here 135 & 145lb belts SEVEN times combined, taking on possibly her most UNIQUE test yet in the 6’0, 145lb Australian Megan Anderson (11-4) who has never been KO’d in her MMA career.

Just those two title fights alone would be an awesome event to watch. But the UFC said, and I quote the legendary philosopher DJ Khalid when I say this:

For the UFC though, their crown jewel at UFC 259 is the Main event. Poland’s newly crowned UFC Light Heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz (27-8), who has won by KO in three of his last four fights, takes on Nigeria’s “Last Stylebender”, Israel Adesanya (20-0) who will move up from 185lb to meet Blachowicz at 205 to attempt become just the 5th UFC fighter to become a “champ champ” and hold TWO belts simultaneously. Dana White’s reaction was all of us when we saw this STACKED card.

Now remember when I said, “the UFC Is the #1 winner at UFC 259, no matter the winner”, it’s the title of the article so you should, but I’ll tell you why I truly believe this statement.

First, I’ll go with the path that the UFC probably wants to happen the most, and I wouldn’t blame them since it’s the scenario with the most money attached to it. If Israel Adesanya defeats Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259, he will become the just the 5th “champ champ” in the company’s history and Uncle Dana will be making that face above with his eye’s turning into dollar signs as the UFC will see the massive potential for the rest of 2021 and even 2022 with Adesanya as double champ.

This is where Izzy’s beef with future Heavyweight champ, Jon Jones (26-1) comes into play for the UFC. We will not see this fight as soon as Izzy wins the 205lb belt as he has already stated he will go back to 185 to defend the belt. But, by the time the end of 2021 and begging of 2022 rolls around, the US will be fully open, allowing 100% capacity in arenas & stadiums and the UFC will cash in.

The build up to a Heavyweight Jon Jones coming back down to Light Heavyweight to try and take back his belt he never lost, against “champ champ” Israel Adesanya will rival the press tour of Conor McGregor vs Jose Aldo. And on fight night, Jones Adesanya will shatter the 2.4 Million PPV buys that Khabib McGregor pulled in at UFC 229.

The build up to a Heavyweight Jon Jones coming back down to Light Heavyweight to try and take back his belt he never lost, against “champ champ” Israel Adesanya will rival the press tour of Conor McGregor vs Jose Aldo. And on fight night, Jones Adesanya will shatter the 2.4 Million PPV buys that Khabib McGregor pulled in at UFC 229.

And imagine if Izzy wins, cue Dana’s load size meme, Israel Adesanya will go up to Heavyweight and attempt to become the first “triple champ” in the rematch. Uncle Dana if you want this plan go-ahead and take it because we would all love to see this scenario play out if Izzy win at UFC 259.

Now let us back track to fight night. Jan Blachowicz upsets Izzy and retains the Light Heavyweight strap. The UFC will get to go down a different path but this one could be a bit more intriguing. Obviously, the Jones Adesanya fight will take a hit if Izzy loses, but in the UFC a loss never really affects the future. If there’s still bad blood between the two, we will see that fight down the road no matter what.

But let us focus on Jan for a minute since he’s still the UFC Light Heavyweight champ. What does he have in front of him after this win? Glover Teixeira (32-7) is next in line as he’s the #1 contender at 205. But after that it is a little thin. The winner of Thiago Santos vs Aleksandar Rakic will go to #2 in the division and after that possibly Jiri Prochazka (27-3-1) based on the hype behind his name. Besides those names, there is not that much at 205 for Jan.

That is where the UFC will bring Jon Jones back into the picture for Jan. We must go back to February 2020 to connect the dots. Jan was fighting Corey Anderson (14-5) to see who the #1 contender at would be 205. So, Jan used his “Legendary Polish Power” and put Anderson to sleep. It just so happened that Jones was in the crowd since the fight was in New Mexico, Jon Jones back yard.

Jan came out after the fight saying, “Jones promised me if I beat Corey, I would get my title shot.” Well, if you don’t remember that historic title fight between Jones and Blachowicz, you wouldn’t be the only one. Jones vacated the Light Heavyweight title that summer to move up to Heavyweight and Jan defeated Dominick Reyes (12-2) to take home the title back to Poland.

Isn’t it funny when things always come back full circle? But facts are facts, if Jan beats Izzy at UFC 259, I am 100% confident that he could defeat anyone else in the Light Heavyweight division. Now it’s Jan’s turn to attempt to become the 5th “champ champ” in UFC history.

Finally, Jan gets the fight he has always wanted in Jon Jones, plus the UFC will still be bringing in the bags with a SUPER fight at Heavyweight with Jon Jones name attached. And even if Jan loses against Jones, now Jones gets his opportunity at “champ champ” at Light Heavyweight. The UFC will still be salivating at the idea of all of this playing out.

For the UFC it is a win win situation. The UFC no matter who wins at UFC 259, they will have an abundance of paths to take, and they all lead to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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