The UFC 259 fight card is getting bigger-and-bigger day by day. Earlier, UFC rebooked the women’s featherweight title bout between champion Amanda Nunes and Megan Anderson, and recently, Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling was finalised by the promotion. The bantamweight champion confirmed the news on Instagram by sharing a fan-made poster revealing that the PPV will take place on March 6, 2021.
Amanda Nunes vs Megan Anderson was first booked for UFC 256, but the bout was cancelled after the double-champion withdrew due to health issues. Amanda Nunes will be defending her featherweight title for the second time at UFC 259 after defeating Felicia Spencer by unanimous decision at UFC 250 in June. The Lioness also rules the women’s bantamweight division and would reportedly defend that title after the Anderson bout. Amanda’s last bantamweight title defence came in 2019 when she defeated Germaine de Randamie for a second time at UFC 245.
Just like Amanda Nunes, Petr Yan was also scheduled to defend his bantamweight title against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 256, but the bout was cancelled after the Russian withdraw due to personal reasons. Yan has been outstanding so far, vanquishing every foe who has stood before him. After Henry Cejudo vacated the 135lb strap, Yan won it by defeating the legendary Jose Aldo at UFC 251. Aljamain Sterling, on the other hand, is on a five-fight winning streak and won the title shot by defeating Cory Sandhagen at UFC 250.
While Amanda Nunes vs Megan Anderson is a money grabber, there’s a possibility that it could become a co-main event of the PPV. According to reports, UFC 259 will be headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between champion Jan Blachowicz and middleweight king Israel Adesanya. Through the bout is yet to be made official, all parties have agreed to the terms verbally. Even UFC president Dana White teased earlier that the bout could headline the March event.