UFC returns with one of the vital stacked playing cards in current reminiscence, with 4 champions competing in three title fights at UFC 259 on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Headlining the pay per view will likely be UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya taking his shot at turning into a two-division champion when he faces present gentle heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz.
Adesanya (20-0) has been on a torrid run since debuting within the UFC in 2018. He has gone 9-0 with 4 victories coming by means of stoppage. Along the best way, he has ousted the likes Anderson Silva, Yoel Romero, Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum. He efficiently defended his middleweight title in dominant vogue towards the beforehand unbeaten Paulo Costa at UFC 253 with a second-round TKO.
Blachowicz claimed the vacant 205-pound title with a one-sided knockout of Dominick Reyes within the co-main occasion of UFC 253. But his journey to that time was removed from easy. The Polish fighter debuted again in 2014 with a knockout of Ilir Latifi however would lose 4 of his subsequent 5 fights. A four-fight successful streak adopted with spectacular victories over Nikita Krylov and Jared Cannonier. But a knockout loss to Thiago Santos set him again once more. Since that loss, he is gained 4 straight with victories over Luke Rockhold, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Corey Anderson and the aforementioned Reyes.
Can Blachowicz show that he is greater than a transitional champion or will Adesanya take his place on the 205-pound throne as probably the greatest pound-for-pound fighters on the planet?
The co-main occasion finds the best ladies’s fighter of all time defending one among her titles, as Amanda Nunes is challenged by Megan Anderson for her UFC featherweight championship. Nunes has been an unstoppable pressure over the previous six years with an 11-fight successful streak that has seen her trounce Cris Cyborg, Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm and Miesha Tate throughout her quest to develop into the featherweight and bantamweight champion. Only present ladies’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko has offered any resistance. Anderson hopes to tug off the key upset by dethroning Nunes.
The former Invicta FC featherweight champion has gone 3-2 throughout her UFC run however has the mixture of energy and talent that might current an issue for Nunes.
Petr Yan will defend the UFC bantamweight title towards prime contender Aljamain Sterling within the third title battle on the card. Yan has but to style defeat inside the UFC Octagon and gained the vacant title by stopping Jose Aldo within the fifth spherical again in July. He’ll make his first protection towards Sterling, who has lengthy been acknowledged as probably the greatest younger skills within the division. He has strung collectively 5 wins in a row to lastly earn a crack on the title, and his 90-second submission over Cory Sandhagen has highlighted simply how a lot of a pressure his grappling may be.
Below is a full rundown of the schedule for UFC 259, with particulars on the battle matchups, start instances, odds and extra.
What time is Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya?
- Date: Saturday, March 6
- Early prelims: 6 p.m. ET
- Prelims: 8 p.m. ET
- PPV main card: 10 p.m. ET
Broadcast protection of UFC 259 will start with the UFC Fight Pass prelims at 6 p.m. ET adopted by the prelims at 8 p.m. ET. The pay-per-view occasion is set to start at 10 p.m. ET. Adesanya and Blachowicz are anticipated to hit the Octagon about 12:15 a.m. ET, though the precise time depends upon the size of earlier fights.
How to look at UFC 259: Blachowicz vs. Adesanya
The complete UFC 259 card, together with the PPV main card, is out there within the U.S. on the ESPN+ subscription streaming service.
Earlier fights, nonetheless, are additionally viewable dwell on ESPN and the WatchESPN app, and, for the early prelims, on UFC Fight Pass.
In Canada, the main card pay-per-view is out there on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass. Prelims are on TSN and RDS.
Blachowicz vs. Adesanya value: How a lot does UFC 259 price?
In the U.S., the UFC 259 main card is out there by way of pay-per-view on ESPN+, which additionally requires a subscription. The PPV value for UFC 259 is $69.99 for present subscribers. New subscribers can pay a bundle price of $89.98 for the UFC 259 pay-per-view and an ESPN+ annual subscription, which affords a financial savings of over 30 p.c.
Where is UFC 259?
UFC 259 will happen at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, with out followers in attendance as a result of ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
This will likely be each Blachowicz and Adesanya’s first battle on the UFC Apex. Both have had one battle throughout the pandemic on Fight Island, off the Abu Dhabi coast.
Blachowicz vs. Adesanya odds for UFC 259
According to BetMGM, Adesanya is a heavy favourite to develop into a two-division champion at -250, that means a wager of $250 would have to be made as a way to earn a $100 revenue ought to Adesanya come away with the win. Blachowicz, regardless of being the champion, is the underdog at +210, the place a $100 wager would earn a $210 revenue.
Jan Blachowicz document, bio
- Name: Jan Blachowicz
- Nationality: Polish
- Born: Feb. 24, 1983
- Height: 6-2
- Reach: 78 inches
- Total fights: 35
- Record: 27-8
Israel Adesanya document, bio
- Name: Israel Adesanya
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Born: July 22, 1989
- Height: 6-4
- Reach: 80 inches
- Total fights: 20
- Record: 20-0
UFC 259 battle card
Main card (ESPN+ PPV)
- Jan Błachowicz (c) vs. Israel Adesanya for Błachowicz’s Light Heavyweight title
- Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Megan Anderson for Nunes’ Women’s Featherweight title
- Petr Yan (c) vs. Aljamain Sterling for Yan’s Bantamweight title
- Islam Makhachev vs. Drew Dober; Lightweight
- Thiago Santos vs. Aleksandar Rakić; Light Heavyweight
Preliminary card (ESPN/ESPN+)
- Dominick Cruz vs. Casey Kenney; Bantamweight
- Song Yadong vs. Kyler Phillips; Bantamweight
- Joseph Benavidez vs. Askar Askarov; Flyweight
- Rogério Bontorin vs. Kai Kara-France; Flyweight
- Lívia Renata Souza vs. Amanda Lemos; Women’s Strawweight
Early Prelims (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass)
- Tim Elliott vs. Jordan Espinosa; Flyweight
- Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Carlos Ulberg; Light Heavyweight
- Sean Brady vs. Jake Matthews; Welterweight
- Uroš Medić vs. Aalon Cruz; Lightweight
- Mario Bautista vs. Trevin Jones; Bantamweight