Double champ this, double champ that. Placeholder champion or not, can Adesanya overcome the Polish Power to become the fifth champ-champ in UFC history?

UFC 259: Błachowicz vs Adesanya Predictions & Results

Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes and Henry Cejudo. With a victory in the main event on Saturday night, Israel Adesanya could find himself etched into the prestigious ‘double champ’ record books. Having established himself as the Middleweight champion, Adesanya has packed on 20lbs of muscle to challenge for the Light Heavyweight title. Ever since McGregor made ‘champ-champ’ a source of prestige in the UFC back in 2018, the claim to fame has slowly lost its value over the years. Worse yet for Izzy, many view current LHW champion, Jan Błachowicz as only a paper-title holder. Although Błachowicz won the vacant title fair and square against Dominick Reyes, the Polish Power never conquered long-time LHW GOAT, Jon Jones. Still, if Adesanya can dominate on the feet with far larger bois, it will only serve to cement his legacy.

In terms of PPV quality, UFC 259 is one of the best you will find all year. While the UFC may try and pass off Nunes and Anderson as a legitimate title fight (lol), you have two genuine championship contests at Light Heavyweight and Bantamweight. On the main card: Petr Yan faces his first non-elderly opponent for three years, Islam Makhachev faces off with stupid, sexy Drew Dober, while Thiago Santos and Aleksandar Rakic promise heavy dollops of violence. Hidden away on the preliminaries: Biscuit bones Dominick Cruz risks it all against high-risk striker Casey Kenney, walking corpse Joseph Benavidez attempts to escape the clutches of the Grim Reaper once again, and BigDong Yadong Song seeks to boost the UFC’s Asian market.

In a back and forth affair, Petr Yan out-lasted Jose Aldo to secure a brutal fifth-round KO to grab the Bantamweight belt.

Main Event

Light Heavyweight (205)

UFC Light Heavyweight Title

Jan Błachowicz (27-8) vs Israel Adesanya (20-0)

Even now, as he enters the octagon with the Light Heavyweight belt lofted behind him, it is still difficult to view Błachowicz as an elite competitor. The holes in his game are glaringly obvious for all to see. Błachowicz relies upon his chin far too regularly as he sluggishly makes reads during the early proceedings. The Pole struggles to land his power through clever set-ups, instead relying on infrequent counter shots or eventually biting down on the gumshield and throwing blind. To top it all off, Błachowicz can find himself chasing opponents rather than cutting off the ring – a necessity to suffocate Adesanya’s space and kill his best work.

So how then, has Błachowicz burned through an insane 8-1 streak? The obvious answer would be power. No matter how the contest has played out over the first couple of rounds, Błachowicz always has an equaliser that can wipe away any meaningful work by his opponent. Luke Rockhold, Corey Anderson and Dominick Reyes all met their end at the hands of Błachowicz’s clubbing power. Boxing without the cleanest technique matters not, and when coupled with his vicious kicking game, the firepower of Błachowicz is enough to throw an opponent out of their natural rhythm. Moreover, this is the big boi club. A club that Adesanya has not yet become acquainted with. Błachowicz is a HUGE Light Heavyweight and he poses the very real threat of being too large for a man who entered under the LHW limit. Błachowicz’s grappling chops have already been highlighted against a top Middleweight wrestler after Błachowicz nullified any groundwork by Luke Rockhold. Getting Izzy to the floor would be difficult for Błachowicz to achieve, but once on top of his foe, his sheer weight may prove key.

Adesanya’s striking is well renowned at this point. Once mocked as a somewhat patient counter striker (during the Marvin Vettori, Brad Tavares period), Adesanya eventually racked up the stoppage victories that saw his hype rocketing in the casual market. Furthermore, after the huge build-up to the Paulo Costa fight, Adesanya fought far more aggressively than previously seen and beat up the bodybuilder with seemingly no effort. Adesanya’s positioning in the ring is God Tier. There is no other way to describe it. Adesanya’s feet always seem to be perfectly positioned, with fields of space around him, yet his head remains in range as bait. As a result, opponents run in wildly headhunting while Adesanya can slip away and pepper them with crisp counter combinations. At a higher weight class, the respect for Adesanya’s power is unknown, but the fundamentals of footwork and range control will still reign supreme no matter the extra weight. Adesanya’s TDD has so far looked superb in the UFC. Unless Adesanya is caught by a Polish blitz or is simply out-muscled by the larger man, there is little reason to believe the Kiwi will end up on the mat.

Predicted Result: Adesanya Decision

Błachowicz’s 8-1 purple patch has been a mixed bag to follow. While he carries a somewhat legitimate title after whooping Dominick Reyes, the man who many believed beat former (vacated) champion Jon Jones, the Poles’ somewhat ugly technicals make it hard to back him against more polished competitors. The Polish Power is real, make no mistake, Luck Rockhold and Dominick Reyes found out the hard way. Yet Jan’s reliance on rushing blitzes and his snail-like pace at which he makes reads plays directly into the hands of the slick counter striking style of Adesanya. Always positioning himself in space within the octagon, Adesanya is a master of range control and can force opponents into advancing onto him by sniping them from range early with his freak reach. While the weight differential may eventually play a part in the later rounds, unless Adesanya ends up on his back, the fight can only really go one way.

Although an ugly bout, Jan Błachowicz eventually melted Dominick Reyes with the crazy Polish patented power that has seen him soar on an 8-1 streak and capture the LHW belt.

Result: Błachowicz def. Adesanya // Decision (unanimous – 49-46, 49-45, 49-45)

Winner ❌ // Method ✔️ // Round ✔️

Co-Main Event

Women’s Featherweight (145)

UFC Women’s Featherweight Title

Amanda Nunes (20-4) vs Megan Anderson (10-4)

This is a dreadful fight, and as such, deserves almost none of my time. Amanda Nunes is a wonderful fighter. Undoubtedly the greatest Women’s Featherweight of all time, The Lioness is a master of violence in the octagon. While showing she is still human in a close affair against GDR, Nunes has otherwise looked untouchable during his title reign at Featherweight and Bantamweight. Nunes is a fighter who outpowered the fearsome bogeywoman, Cris Cyborg, for Christ’s sake. Massive firepower on the feet, a strong chin and relentless forward pressure results in most opponents simply melting away before the final bell. Better yet, Nunes is a strong wrestler and is smart enough to take the fight to the mat if she is flagging on the feet (i.e. GDR).

Megan Anderson is here for the hordes of horny coomers from social media and due to the complete lack of fresh meat at Women’s Featherweight. Nunes has already destroyed any viable contenders, and as a result, the UFC has been forced to push a fighter who’s best win is a toe-poke to the eye of an over-the-hill Cat Zingano. Anderson has an extreme frame and reach advantage, and carries a deceptive amount of power that may force Nunes to approach the first round more tentatively than normal. Yet, as soon as an opponent is able to slip past Anderson’s jab, they can easily pressure her against the cage. While foes like Zarah Fairn and Norma Dumont didn’t have the skillset to expose Anderson’s grappling, Nunes certainly possesses the quality.

Predicted Result: Nunes TKO Round 2

Amanda Nunes hasn’t performed at her sparkling best in her last two match-ups, but there is little reason to question the outcome of this bout. Sure, Anderson’s freak frame, reach and deceptive power can force The Lioness to fight more tentatively during the opening round, but eventually, Nunes will make the necessary reads to comfortably stay in range. Whether it is a long-range sniping affair or a phone booth brawl in the pocket, Nunes is far more likely to come out on top. Moreover, Nunes can rough up Anderson against the cage who seems to have little response in the grappling department.

Running out of quality opponents to challenge Nunes’ at the barren Featherweight division, the Brazilian’s last outing saw her whoop the daylight out of the granite chinned Canadian, Felicia Spencer.

Result: Nunes def. Anderson // Submission (triangle armbar) Round 1 2:03

Winner ✔️ // Method ❌ // Round ❌

Main Card

Bantamweight (135)

UFC Bantamweight Title

Petr Yan (15-1) vs Aljamain Sterling (19-3)

Oh hell yes. This is the fight of the night. Two elite Bantamweights are finally duking it out for the title in a division that the UFC loves to push old veterans over new talent. I am aware of the controversy of the next statement, but hey ho, I am still not entirely convinced of the potential longevity of Yan’s reign. That isn’t to say that Yan isn’t the most well-rounded and polished fighter in the division – that is obvious. Moreover, I would say that Yan is the best talent in the entire division. The glaring issue, however, is Yan’s susceptibility to eating damage on the back foot. While the version of Aldo he faced was the best we have seen for many years, Yan was often hit with sharp combinations as he failed to make the correct read and entered an emergency defensive shell. On the front foot, however, Yan uses his lead hand fabulously. Extended before him as a barrier to prevent opponents bull-rushing in, Yan can also snap it out into a jab with ludicrous speed that catches opponents unaware. When further used as a jab feint, it makes it almost impossible to tell what Yan will do with the lead right hand, let alone all the other weapons of his striking arsenal. Yan’s top game comes with crushing punishment, and his scrambling/defensive wrestling has so far looked competent.

Aljo Sterling is sure to have a bit of ring rust entering his title fight. With less than ninety seconds in the octagon under his belt for the past two years, Sterling is tasked with toppling the seemingly unstoppable Russian. Sterling’s striking has been tightened in recent years by way of higher volume and more exotic striking. Using his long limbs, Sterling throws a high volume of kicks that aims to distract opponents from an eventual takedown. On the mat, Sterling wastes no time in seeking out a submission and is happy to end up in a worse position if the choke fails. Taking down Yan may prove to be the easy part for Sterling, but his ability to control the Russian on the mat will be key if Sterling can find the submission.

Predicted Result: Yan Decision

While Sterling may be able to secure takedowns with shocking regularity, Yan possesses the defensive grappling required to get back to his feet. Sterling is a high risk-high reward submission specialist and his tendency to lose favourable positions in an attempt to chase chokes may play against him in this match-up. If Yan is able to keep the fight on the feet for the majority of the time, Yan’s exceptional pressure and sharp counterpunching will pick apart the holes in Sterling’s high volume yet erratic striking offence.

Result: 🚫 Sterling Victory via DQ 🚫

Lightweight (155)

Islam Makhachev (18-1) vs Drew Dober (23-9)

In a similar vein to Khabib, Makhachev entered the UFC as a thoroughly dominant wrestler that has eventually transitioned into letting his hands go more often. Makhachev mauls opponents on the mat and often powers his way through guard with unreal strength. Yet against opponents with exceptional qualities (e.g. Davi Ramos), Makhachev was wily enough to keep the fight standing and expose Ramon’s one-dimensional striking. Makhachev is a prospect that has been pushed hard by the UFC, yet he is without a great scalp on his record, and until Makhachev can suffocate an elite opponent on the mat, it would be unwise to fully back this horse.

Drew Dober represents a fine step-up in competition for Makhachev. Stupid, sexy Dober has found himself on an unprecedented tear-up that has seen him finish two difficult opponents to TKO (Nasrat Haqparast and Alexander Hernandez). Dober’s unrelenting pressure boxing on the feet, coupled with his grinding wrestling/grappling leaves opponent’s gameplans falling apart. Makhachev’s tendency to throw single shots may prove fateful against the lengthy power combinations that Dober launches – backed by his granite chin.

Predicted Result: Makhachev Submission Round 2

This is the perfect step-up fight for Makhachev. Without a real scalp on his record, if Makhachev can convincingly beat hot-streak Dober, he will pushed hard up the Lightweight division. Dober’s pressure boxing and combinations may pose a threat to Makhachev’s single-shot style, and his killer instinct has proved lethal in recent memory. The issue for Dober, however, is a flawed TDD that allows opponent’s with a grappling advantage to rather easily take the fight to their realm.

Result: Makhachev def. Dober // Submission (arm-triangle choke) Round 3 1:37

Winner ✔️ // Method ✔️ // Round ❌

Light Heavyweight (205)

Thiago Santos (21-8) vs Aleksandar Rakic (13-2)

Thiago Santos must still be kicking himself after the Glover Teixeira fight. Like so many opponents before him, Santos was simply out-lasted on the feet by virtue of durability and was eventually submitted on the mat. At thirty-seven and on a two-fight slide, it is hard to see Santos making another title race without a victory on Saturday night. The hellacious power of the Brazilian remains yet his susceptibility to takedowns and complete inability to get back to his feet has failed him countless times. Against the larger 205 foes, Santos is only at more of a wrestling disadvantage.

Aleksandar Rakic had his hype train derailed by Volkan Oezdemir, yet by all accounts seems to be running perfectly fine again after a thorough domination of Anthony Smith. A flamboyant striker on the feet with tons of power, Rakic’s bread and butter lays in his dominant top game that focuses on control and position. Rakic can be dragged into firefights, especially against fighters he would be best advised to avoid (e.g. Jimi Manuwa), but there is little reason to believe he will be so foolhardy against Santos.

Predicted Result: Rakic Submission Round 3

If Santos is to win this it would have to come early. While the Brazilian hasn’t lost any of the power or speed that has made him a threat throughout his UFC tenure, his complete lack of defensive wrestling is the major red flag in this bout. Rakic is a competent wrestler with an utterly dominant top game that will be more than capable of controlling Santos on the mat. While Rakic can be drawn into a firefight, a risk when considering his high-risk striking arrays, the aim to drag this to the mat will prove key.

Result: Rakic def. Santos // Decision (unanimous – 29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Winner ✔️ // Method ❌ // Round ❌

Preliminary Card

Bantamweight (135)

Dominick Cruz (22-3) vs Casey Kenney (16-2-1)

The man stinks of booze and cigarettes is back in action. Fighter turned commentator turned fighter, Dominick Cruz is finally returning to the octagon. While Cruz hasn’t won a match since 2016, the Dominator has been plagued with injuries that have forced the Alliance MMA fighter to sit on the side-lines as fresh blood oozes through the Bantamweight division. Cruz is famed in the octagon for his liquid footwork and janky striking style that fires shots from unorthodox angles. While Cejudo cracked the puzzle by targeting Cruz’s legs early and killing his momentum, Cruz is an intelligent fighter that no doubt has worked hard in the shadows to develop a response. At thirty-five and with a huge injury record, what version of Cruz will enter the octagon is anybody’s guess.

Casey Kenney is must-watch action. Despite the glaring flaws, Kenney is an all-action striker who pushes his aggressive kickboxing upon every foe he faces. While his durability saved him against Nathaniel Wood, Kenney can out-volume opponents with unrelenting pressure. Against Heili Alateng, Kenney refused to let his foe off the hook and spent three rounds battering the body. While Kenney can be taken down (e.g. Merab Dvalishvili, Manny Bermudez, Ray Borg), the sweltering pace he sets on the feet makes it hard for opponents to risk entering range.

Predicted Result: Cruz Decision

It is always a risk to back a man with the injury record and spells of inactivity that Dominick Cruz has, yet the wrestling advantage is a factor that shouldn’t be underestimated. While the decline in Cruz’s speed was never more apparent than during the Cejudo fight, Kenney will struggle to land regular power shots in the same vein as the Heili Alateng and Nathaniel Wood fights. Moreover, unless Kenney makes a determined effort to chop Cruz’s legs up, he will struggle to apply the same forward pressure that is vital to his game.

Result: Cruz def. Kenney // Decision (split – 28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Winner ✔️ // Method ✔️ // Round ✔️

Bantamweight (135)

Kyler Phillips (8-1) vs Yadong Song (16-4-1)

Phillips is a BJJ specialist that can expose the immaturity of Song’s game if he brings the fight to the mat. Wonderful scrambles, wholehearted pursuit of chokes and a vicious top game, Phillips is fun to watch on the mat. Standing, Phillips lacks a real striking tempo and instead is reduced to high-risk kicks and spinning shots that can catch opponents unaware but are unlikely to win over judges on the scorecards.

Bigdong Song is a controversial figure at Bantamweight. His last two bouts have resulted in a very dubious majority draw (Cody Stamann) and decision victory (Marlon Vera). Some conspiracy theorists would perhaps point towards Dana White’s desire to crack the Asian market and Song’s high market marketability as an undefeated twenty-three-year-old in the UFC. Song is a pressure fighter who bounces into his combination, yet he has struggled to land his telegraphed power against top-15 opponents. On the mat, Song is a very capable grappler but has not shone as many thought he would after joining Team Alpha Male.

Predicted Result: Song Decision

Song has the beating of Phillips on the feet but he will have to be careful not to linger on the mat. Phillips is a BJJ specialist and can threaten Song even off his back. While Phillips high risk kicking and spinning attack striking has the potential to throw Song off his rhythm, the most likely result is Song pressure-boxing Phillips to a UD.

Result: Phillips def. Song // Decision (unanimous – 29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Winner ❌ // Method ✔️ // Round ✔️

Flyweight (125)

Joseph Benavidez (28-7) vs Askar Askarov (13-0-1)

Surely Benavidez should have retired after his back to back deaths against Deiveson Figueiredo. While Benavidez’s hell-bent desire to lift Flyweight gold is admirable, even if he is to be victorious on Saturday, where does he go next? Benavidez is a striker that has crazy offensive potential yet almost no defensive skill to back it up. Cracked hard during firefights in the pocket, Benavidez is luckily not at the same risk against Askarov as he was against Figgy pudding. Moreover, Benavidez is a serpent on the ground and Askarov will struggle to keep the American down for long.

Askarov is a mat menace that has suddenly unveiled a wonderful jab in his last two fights. Renowned for his submission skills, Askarov’s grappling is a thing of beauty and regularly positions himself to attain extended periods of control. While the submissions have dried up since moving out of the regional scene, Askarov can still dominate foes through smart positional grappling.

Predicted Result: Benavidez Decision

The two defeats to Figgy Pudding may have irreparably changed Benavidez, but if not, Benavidez should trump this contest. Askarov is a wonderful positional grappler but he lacks the physical attributes to overcome Benavidez’s scrambles. Moreover, while Askarov can survive on the feet with a probing jab, Benavidez’s short bursts of power shots will land far more regularly.

Result: Askarov def. Benavidez // Decision (unanimous – 30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Winner ❌ // Method ✔️ // Round ✔️

Flyweight (125)

Kai Kara-France (21-9) vs Rogerio Bontorin (16-2)

Kara-France is an aggressive counter striker that was unfortunately caught with a huge spinning pot shot against Brandon Royval that he never recovered from. At fault for rushing in to secure the kill, Kara-France went against his natural bait and strike style and paid a heavy price. Since his UFC debut, Kara-France has developed his grappling to the point where he can competently survive until the action resumes on the feet.

Lucky for Kara-France then, as Bontorin will be seeking to take this fight down to the ground. Bontorin has rapid scrambles that may surprise Kara-France, but Bontorin can be out-muscled from position fairly easily. Possessing an acceptable striking offence, Bontorin’s willingness to commit to combinations may see him eating hard counters.

Predicted Result: Kara-France Decision

Kara-France is regularly developing into a more complete product at Flyweight. A comfortable counter striker with surprising power (at least for a man to have no finishes in the UFC), Kara-France has tuned his grappling chops to the level necessary to survive with the stronger grapplers at 125. Bontorin is a competent striker but Kara-France thrives against opponent’s who commit to a small list of combinations. On the mat, Bontorin has the advantage, but he will struggle to stick Kara-France against the cage.

Result: Kara-France def. Bontorin // KO (punches) Round 1 4:55

Winner ✔️ // Method ❌ // Round ❌

Flyweight (125)

Tim Elliot (16-11-1) vs Jordan Espinosa (15-8)

I love me some Tim Elliot but God Damn does the boy need this W. After a three-fight loss streak to top-fifteen opponents, Elliot was finally able to steady the ship with a somewhat convincing victory over Ryan Benoit. While Elliot has exciting grappling and submission skills, his lack of gas tank and risk-taking has bitten him in the butt far too many times to count.

Espinosa is a physical freak but his willingness to enter extended shoot-outs on the feet has led to him being taken down and choked early. Without the grappling ability to survive off his back, Elliot can finish this early. Anything outside of the first round, however, and Espinosa can take this based on gas tank alone.

Predicted Result: Elliot Submission Round 1

Tim Elliot is a monster grappler until his batteries run out. While Espinosa is a physical freak, his tendency to follow the pace/range set by his opponent has led to him losing hard and early. If Espinosa can survive a sketchy first round, the odds shift monumentally in his favour.

Result: Elliot def. Espinosa // Decision (unanimous – 30-27, 30-27, 30-25)

Winner ✔️ // Method ❌ // Round ❌

Light Heavyweight (205)

Carlos Ulberg (3-0) vs Kennedy Nzechukwu (7-1)

DWCS prospect, Carlos Ulberg, has transitioned successfully from kickboxing into MMA and brought his insane power with him. With a massive 6’4″ frame, Ulberg patiently operates off the back foot and catches opponents lunging. While his abilities on the mat are untested, there is no doubting the incredible striking ability of the Kiwi.

Nzechukwu is a big boy at Light Heavyweight but his hands appear so incredibly sluggish. Worse still, Nzechukwu has a bad habit of attempting to parry and slip backwards at the same time. As a result, if he pressured backwards, his chin is on a platter as his guard is splayed open. Long jabs and straights, front kicks, and intercepting knees however illustrate the Nzechukwu’s potent threat on the feet.

Predicted Result: Ulberg TKO Round 2

This has the potential to be an absolute barnburner. Ulberg is untested in the MMA scene, but with a wealth of kickboxing experience, Ulberg succeeded as a devastating counter striker. Nzechukwu operates as a more aggressive striker from range, but his easily dissected guard will open him up to damage.

Result: Nzechukwu def. Ulberg // KO (punches) Round 2 3:19

Winner ❌ // Method ❌ // Round ✔️

Welterweight (170)

Sean Brady (13-0) vs Jake Matthews (17-4)

Sean Brady is a helluva fighter to watch – it is most pleasing to see his inclusion on a big PPV card. Most recently guillotine choking Christian Aguilera, Brady exhibited the very best of his game in his last outing. An immovable rock in the octagon, Brady pressures opponents with an overwhelming pace and lands far more often than he realistically should. Blessed with a strong chin, Brady is also able to absorb punishment in pursuit of a takedown.

Matthews may have thoroughly dominated Diego Sanchez in his last fight, but he didn’t exactly set the world alight. It is important to remember than Matthews dismantled Jingliang Li just three years, with a combination of tight boxing combinations and his grinding wrestling. Matthews can be overwhelmed by plus athletes, but the Aussie has developed slowly since his debut.

Predicted Result: Matthews Decision

A very close affair in which Brady should be favoured for his athletic superiority and willingness to throw punches in bunches. Matthews, however, has the tighter boxing fundamentals and as long as he doesn’t gas himself out, will be able to negate much of Brady’s swarming damage.

Result: Brady def. Matthews // Submission (arm-triangle choke) Round 3 3:28

Winner ❌ // Method ❌ // Round ❌

Women’s Strawweight (115)

Livinha Souza (14-2) vs Amanda Lemos (8-1-1)

Souza is yet another Strawweight fighter who entered the division with a lot of hype from Invicta but struggled in the UFC as fighters operated with more competent TDD. Souza is a small strawweight but her striking looks to hurt opponents when it lands (albeit infrequently).

Amanda Lemos is a volume fighter who lands enough that her ugly style need not to be changed. The barrel-like strength of Lemos ensures she can keep the fight standing and forces opponents to trade on the feet where she ultimately out-volumes her foe.

Predicted Result: Lemos Decision

Pretty garbage fight between Souza who struggles to implement her BJJ and Lemos who throws ugly swarming combinations. Lemos’ size and ability to keep the fight standing will lead her to ultimately out-volume Souza.

Result: Lemos def. Souza // TKO (punches) Round 1 3:39

Winner ✔️ // Method ❌ // Round ❌

Lightweight (155)

Uros Medic (6-0) vs Aalon Cruz (8-3)

Another DWCS prospect, Medic is a strange gangly fighter who is easy enough to take down. On the mat, however, Medic throws regular submissions attempts off the back and makes opponents pay for even thinking about taking him down. Standing, Medic throws long combinations that can be countered but at the risk of eating punishment in the process.

Aalon Cruz is a DWCS who failed to overcome the sheer mass of Spike Carlyle at Featherweight but is now making the smart move up to 155. A distance fighter, Cruz prods with front kicks and attempts to work opponents around his preferred range.

Predicted Result: Medic TKO Round 2

Medic isn’t a polished striker by any means, but his ability to throw ridiculously long combinations will benefit him when he can sneak his way through the range of Cruz.

Result: Medic def. Cruz // TKO (punches) Round 1 1:40

Winner ✔️ // Method ✔️ // Round ❌

Bantamweight (135)

Trevin Jones (12-6) vs Mario Bautista (8-1)

Trevin Jones deserved another UFC scrap after he DEFINITELY beat Timur Valiev yet it was overturned because of a positive marijuana test. Jones was getting the absolute s**t beaten out of him before he pulled a ridiculous strike out of the bag, but his power is clearly an issue for anyone at Bantamweight.

Mario Bautista is a fine fighter to watch as he is willing to trade on the feet at any range or pace. While Bautista’s grappling is his strongest attribute, Bautista’s rounded skillset will see him fly through the Bantamweight rankings.

Predicted Result: Bautista TKO Round 3

Trevin Jones carries a lot of power but Bautista’s fine use of angles and range adjustment will see him nullify Jones on the feet. If Bautista decides to drag it to the mat, his BJJ will finish it early.

Result: Jones def. Bautista // TKO (punches) Round 2 0:47

Winner ❌ // Method ✔️ // Round ❌

Prediction Accuracy

UFC 259

Winner: 8/14

Method: 7/14

Round: 5/14

2021 MMA Season

Winner: 55/92

Method: 50/92

Round: 48/92

MMA Overall

Winner: 246/396

Method: 187/396

Round: 174/396

Takeaway comments: Ol’ Droopy Tiddy can’t live with the bigger bois it would seem.

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