Las Vegas, Nevada: FightBook MMA has your Betting Odds and start times for UFC 259: Blachowicz vs. Adesanya.
UFC 259 will take place on March 6, 2021, at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Three UFC championships will be up for grabs in the main event, co-main event and in the featured fight of the night.
This event will stream live on Pay-Per-View, exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish. Preliminary fights will air nationally in English on ESPN2 and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes, as well as being simulcast in both languages on ESPN+ starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Early prelims will be available on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ (in English and Spanish) at /3 p.m. PT. Fans will be able to purchase the PPV event online at ESPNPlus.com/PPV or on the ESPN App on mobile and connected-TV devices.
In the main event, Jan Blachowicz (27-8) Fighting out of Warsaw, Poland will meet Israel Adesanya (20-0) fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand for the light heavyweight title. Jan is coming into this fight with a four-fight win streak. His last win was against Dominick Reyes for the UFC Vacant Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 253: Adesanya vs. Costa. He will be making his first title defense against a very tough opponent who is moving up a weight class. Current Middleweight Champion Isreal is stepping into the Octogan with an impressive 11 fight win streak. He won his last fight against Paulo Costa with a left hook to ground & pound at UFC 253: Adesanya vs. Costa.
The Blachowicz vs Adesanya odds opened with middleweight champ Adesanya as a -250 favorite according to this source, despite stepping up in weight. He’s been bet up to -266, on average, with the Pole at +216. Adesanya has not gained weight for this fight and will step in the ring around 195 pounds, while Blachowicz will be well over 210 pounds.
The current odds do not give Blachowicz enough respect. He is more powerful and a better grappler. Adesanya is great at avoiding takedowns but has been doing so against middleweights up until now. His perfect MMA record belies the fact that he’s been overwhelmed by stronger opponents in other disciplines. While his superior speed, athleticism, and striking make him a deserving favorite, he needs to have a 70% chance to win to justify his current odds. This is more like a 60/40 fight.
In the co-main event, Amanda Nunes (20-4) fighting out of Miami, Florida will take on Megan Anderson (10-4) fighting out of Kansas City, Missouri for the women’s featherweight title. Amanda is coming into this fight with 11 wins under her belt. In the last fight, she was very successful in beating Felicia Spencer by unanimous decision at UFC 250: Nunes vs. Spencer. Amanda will be defending her belt against a game opponent in Megan. She’s coming into this bout with 2 wins with her last fight beating Norma Dumont with a Right Cross at UFC on ESPN+ 27.
In the featured bout, Petr Yan (15-1) fighting out of Omsk, Russia will go against Aljamain Sterling (19-3) fighting out of Cortland, New York for the bantamweight title. Yan has 10 straight wins under his belt. He was successful in beating José Aldo with ground & pound at UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal. He will be making his first title defense against Aljamain. He’s stepping in the Octogan with a 5 win streak winning his last fight against Cory Sandhagen via Rear Naked Choke at UFC 250: Nunes vs. Spencer.
The expert picks are as follows:
- Jan Blachowicz (+216)
- Israel Adesanya (-250)
- Amanda Nunes (-1100)
- Megan Anderson (+700)
- Petr Yan (-130)
- Aljamain Sterling (+110)
UFC 259: Blachowicz vs. Adesanya fight card:
Main Card (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
- For the light heavyweight title: Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya
- For the women’s featherweight title: Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson
- For the bantamweight title: Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling
- Drew Dober vs. Islam Makhachev
- Aleksandar Rakic vs. Thiago Santos
Preliminary Card #2 (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET)
- Dominick Cruz vs. Casey Kenney
- Kyler Phillips vs. Song Yadong
- Askar Askarov vs. Joseph Benavidez
- Amanda Lemos vs. Livinha Souza
Preliminary Card #1 (ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET)
- Sean Brady vs. Jake Matthews
- Mario Bautista vs. Trevin Jones
- Aalon Cruz vs. Uros Medic
- Tim Elliott vs. Jordan Espinosa
- Rogerio Bontorin vs. Kai Kara-France
- Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Carlos Ulberg
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