UFC returns with one of the most stacked cards in recent memory, with four champions competing in three title fights at UFC 259 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Headlining the pay per view will be UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya taking his shot at becoming a two-division champion when he faces current light heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz.
Adesanya (20-0) has been on a torrid run since debuting in the UFC in 2018. He has gone 9-0 with four victories coming by way of stoppage. Along the way, he has ousted the likes Anderson Silva, Yoel Romero, Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum. He successfully defended his middleweight title in dominant fashion against the previously 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 in the co-main event of UFC 253. But his journey to that point was far from smooth. The Polish fighter debuted back in 2014 with a knockout of Ilir Latifi but would lose four of his next five fights. A four-fight winning streak followed with impressive victories over Nikita Krylov and Jared Cannonier. But a knockout loss to Thiago Santos set him back again. Since that loss, he’s won four straight with victories over Luke Rockhold, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Corey Anderson and the aforementioned Reyes.
Can Blachowicz prove that he’s more than a transitional champion or will Adesanya take his place on the 205-pound throne as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world?
The co-main event finds the greatest women’s fighter of all time defending one of her titles, as Amanda Nunes is challenged by Megan Anderson for her UFC featherweight championship. Nunes has been an unstoppable force over the past six years with an 11-fight winning streak that has seen her trounce Cris Cyborg, Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm and Miesha Tate during her quest to become the featherweight and bantamweight champion. Only current women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko has provided any resistance. Anderson hopes to pull off the major upset by dethroning Nunes.
The former Invicta FC featherweight champion has gone 3-2 during her UFC run but has the combination of power and skill that could present a problem for Nunes.
Petr Yan will defend the UFC bantamweight title against top contender Aljamain Sterling in the third title fight on the card. Yan has yet to taste defeat inside of the UFC Octagon and won the vacant title by stopping Jose Aldo in the fifth round back in July. He’ll make his first defense against Sterling, who has long been recognized as one of the best young talents in the division. He has strung together five wins in a row to finally earn a crack at the title, and his 90-second submission over Cory Sandhagen has highlighted just how much of a force his grappling can be.
Below is a full rundown of the schedule for UFC 259, with details on the fight matchups, start times, odds and more.
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 coverage of UFC 259 will begin with the UFC Fight Pass prelims at 6 p.m. ET followed by the prelims at 8 p.m. ET. The pay-per-view event is set to begin at 10 p.m. ET. Adesanya and Blachowicz are expected to hit the Octagon about 12:15 a.m. ET, although the exact time depends on the length of earlier fights.
How to watch UFC 259: Blachowicz vs. Adesanya
The entire UFC 259 card, including the PPV main card, is available in the U.S. on the ESPN+ subscription streaming service.
Earlier fights, however, are also viewable live on ESPN and the WatchESPN app, and, for the early prelims, on UFC Fight Pass.
In Canada, the main card pay-per-view is available on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass. Prelims are on TSN and RDS.
Blachowicz vs. Adesanya price: How much does UFC 259 cost?
In the U.S., the UFC 259 main card is available via pay-per-view on ESPN+, which also requires a subscription. The PPV price for UFC 259 is $69.99 for current subscribers. New subscribers can pay a bundle price of $89.98 for the UFC 259 pay-per-view and an ESPN+ annual subscription, which offers a savings of over 30 percent.
Where is UFC 259?
UFC 259 will take place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, without fans in attendance due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
This will be both Blachowicz and Adesanya’s first fight at the UFC Apex. Both have had one fight during the pandemic on Fight Island, off the Abu Dhabi coast.
Blachowicz vs. Adesanya odds for UFC 259
According to BetMGM, Adesanya is a heavy favorite to become a two-division champion at -250, meaning a bet of $250 would need to be made in order to earn a $100 profit should Adesanya come away with the win. Blachowicz, despite being the champion, is the underdog at +210, where a $100 bet would earn a $210 profit.
Jan Blachowicz record, bio
- Name: Jan Blachowicz
- Nationality: Polish
- Born: Feb. 24, 1983
- Height: 6-2
- Reach: 78 inches
- Total fights: 35
- Record: 27-8
Israel Adesanya record, bio
- Name: Israel Adesanya
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Born: July 22, 1989
- Height: 6-4
- Reach: 80 inches
- Total fights: 20
- Record: 20-0
UFC 259 fight 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