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Blachowicz vs Adesanya fight: How to watch UFC 259, UK start time, predictions, latest betting odds

George Flood
·3-min read
<p>Israel Adesanya will look to win a second world title at UFC 259 in Las Vegas</p> (Zuffa LLC)

Israel Adesanya will look to win a second world title at UFC 259 in Las Vegas

(Zuffa LLC)

Israel Adesanya, Amanda Nunes and Petr Yan all face huge title fights on a bumper UFC 259 card in Las Vegas, USA, tonight.

The much-anticipated event is headlined by undefeated middleweight king Adesanya’s attempts to become a two-division world champion as he moves up to take on Polish light-heavyweight title-holder Jan Blachowicz.

‘Stylebender’ would follow in the footsteps of the dominant Nunes - as well as the likes of Conor McGregor - if he was able to hold two UFC world titles simultaneously, though has been warned that he faces potentially his toughest test in mixed martial arts to date on Saturday.

As for Nunes, the reigning women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion - and greatest female fighter ever to grace the octagon - puts the latter belt on the line against former Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson.

If that wasn’t quite enough, Russia’s Yan also defends his men’s bantamweight crown for the very first time in an evenly-matched battle against top contender Aljamain Sterling.

Amanda Nunes defends her women’s featherweight title against Megan AndersonGetty Images
Amanda Nunes defends her women’s featherweight title against Megan AndersonGetty Images

UFC 259 TV channel and live stream

TV channel: In the UK, UFC 259 is being broadcast live on BT Sport 2, with coverage of the prelim fights beginning at 1am GMT on Sunday morning.

The main card should begin at around 3am, depending on the length of those prelim bouts, with Adesanya vs Blachowicz not expected to start until at least 5am.

The early prelim fights are available to watch for fans with a UFC Fight Pass subscription.

Live stream: Those with a BT Sport subscription can also stream the action online via the BT Sport website or app.

UFC 259 card in full

Main card

Jan Blachowicz (c) vs Israel Adesanya (for the men’s light-heavyweight title)

Amanda Nunes (c) vs Megan Anderson (for the women’s featherweight title)

Petr Yan (c) vs Aljamain Sterling (for the men’s bantamweight title)

Islam Makhachev vs Drew Dober (men’s lightweight bout)

Thiago Santos vs Aleksandar Rakic (men’s light-heavyweight bout)

Petr Yan makes the first defence of the bantamweight title he won against Jose Aldo last yearZuffa LLC via Getty Images
Petr Yan makes the first defence of the bantamweight title he won against Jose Aldo last yearZuffa LLC via Getty Images

Prelims

Dominick Cruz vs Casey Kenney (men’s bantamweight bout)

Song Yadong vs Kyler Phillips (men’s bantamweight bout)

Joseph Benavidez vs Askar Askarov (men’s flyweight bout)

Rogerio Bontorin vs Kai Kara-France (men’s flyweight bout)

Early prelims

Tim Elliott vs Jordan Espinosa (men’s flyweight bout)

Kennedy Nzechukwu vs Carlos Ulberg (men’s light-heavyweight bout)

Sean Brady vs Jake Matthews (men’s welterweight bout)

Livinha Souza vs Amanda Lemos (women’s strawweight bout)

Uros Medic vs Aalon Cruz (men’s lightweight bout)

Mario Bautista vs Trevin Jones (men’s bantamweight bout)

UFC 259 predictions

Adesanya to win via unanimous decision

Nunes to win via KO/TKO

Sterling to win via submission

We’re backing the dominant Adesanya to become only the fifth UFC fighter ever to hold two world title belts concurrently, while another stoppage for Nunes seems the safe bet and Sterling is well capable of dethroning Yan with his superior ground game.

UFC 259 betting odds and tips

Adesanya to win: 1/2

Blachowicz to win: 2/1

Nunes to win: 1/8

Anderson to win: 7/1

Yan to win: 10/11

Sterling to win: 21/20

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