MMA Preview – Amanda Nunes vs Megan Anderson at UFC 259


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When is UFC 259? Sunday 7th March, 2021 – 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 259? UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC 259? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC 259 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC 259? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!


The only active double champion, Amanda Nunes (20-4) heads to the APEX for her seventh UFC title defence and third defence of the featherweight crown. She arguably holds the most impressive streak ever in MMA taking the scalps of all the best female fighters that have ever lived. She is on an eleven-fight streak and is not slowing down. After moving up a division and knocking out the most feared female fighter at the time, Cris Cyborg to win the featherweight title, she went on to obliterate Holly Holm and earn a unanimous decision over Germaine de Randamie at bantamweight and then hopped back up to earn another unanimous decision over Felicia Spencer back in June.

Megan Anderson (11-4) is next in line and is the last contender of any merit standing in the hollow featherweight division. She is the former Invicta champion and has a record of 3-2 in the UFC with losses to Holly Holm and Felicia Spencer, but she is coming off two dominant wins showing the form that impressed before the UFC. She made quick work of Zarah Fairn Dos Santos wrapping her up in a triangle and is coming of a beautiful knockout over Norma Dumont a year ago.


Nunes is the greatest female fighter of all time and is better everywhere. She is expected to get the job done standing with the power in her hands and feet but do not be surprised if he calls upon her grappling like she did in the de Randamie fight especially when Anderson has shown weaknesses off her back.

The only way Nunes can lose this is if she is not fully prepared. She has been in eight UFC title fights and beaten the best female fighters of all time and now has another title defence against somebody who hardly anyone expects to win but is pumped up for the biggest moment of her career and will put absolutely everything she has into this opportunity.

Anderson is also a natural 145er and finishes her fights. It could take one mistake for Nunes to get clipped and end up with Anderson hooked in on her back. If she is as motivated as her previous title fights, she will not make a mistake, but this is a strange time at the moment and anything can happen. She is a new mother now with Nina Ansaroff which could motivate her more or cause a distraction in training camp. Who knows but she is so good that this is her fight to lose.