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UFC 259 will feature a trio of title fights, including a clash between light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz and undefeated middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. The pay-per-view event will be held at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, with early prelims starting at 5:15 p.m. ET and the main card scheduled for 10 p.m. ET.
Adesanya makes the leap to the heavier division for the main event but remains the favorite thanks to his undefeated record and three successful middleweight title defenses. Blachowicz will be making his first defense after claiming the vacant light heavyweight title with a victory over Dominick Reyes. Jon Jones chose to forfeit the light heavyweight belt in August 2020 in pursuit of a heavyweight title bid. A win would make Adesanya the fifth UFC fighter to hold championship belts in two different weight classes.
One of those other fighters, Amanda Nunes, will also compete at UFC 259, defending the women’s featherweight title against Megan Anderson. Nunes has reigned over the women’s bantamweight division since 2016 and claimed the women’s featherweight title in 2018. Challenger Megan Anderson has impressed with back-to-back first round finishes, earning her an opportunity for the belt.
Aljamain Sterling earned a chance to fight bantamweight champion Petr Yan at UFC 259 with his own first round victory over Cory Sandhagen last year. Yan has been undefeated since joining UFC in 2018, with a career record of 15-1.
Fans will not be allowed to attend UFC 259 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s the match schedule for UFC 259: Blachowicz vs. Adesanya
Early Prelims — 5:15 p.m. ET, 3:15 p.m. PT on UFC Fight Pass
- Trevin Jones versus Mario Bautista [Bantamweight]
- Uros Medic versus Aalon Cruz [Lightweight]
- Livinha Souza versus Amanda Lemos [Women’s strawweight]
- Sean Brady versus Jake Matthews [Welterweight]
- Kennedy Nzechukwu versus Carlos Ulberg [Light heavyweight]
- Tim Elliott versus Jordan Espinosa [Flyweight]
Prelims — 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on ESPN+ and ESPN
- Rogerio Bontorin versus Kai Kara-France [Flyweight]
- Joseph Benavidez versus Askar Askarov [Flyweight]
- Song Yadong versus Kyler Phillips [Bantamweight]
- Dominick Cruz versus Casey Kenney [Bantamweight]
Main Card — 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT on ESPN+ for $70
- Thiago Santos versus Aleksandar Rakic [Light heavyweight]
- Islam Makhachev versus Drew Dober [Lightweight]
- Petr Yan versus Aljamain Sterling [Bantamweight title fight]
- Amanda Nunes versus Megan Anderson [Women’s featherweight title fight]
- Jan Blachowicz versus Israel Adesanya [Light heavyweight title fight]
How to watch UFC 259
The main event of UFC 259 will be streamed live through ESPN+ on March 6. The event is separated into three portions: the early prelims, the prelims, and the main card.
This means that you have to subscribe to the ESPN+ streaming service before you’re able to purchase the main card PPV. An ESPN+ membership costs $6 per month or $60 per year. The UFC 259 PPV event costs $70 for ESPN+ subscribers.
You can access the ESPN+ app on all major mobile and streaming devices, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox One, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, and more.
Ways to save on the UFC 259 pay-per-view price
If you plan on signing up for ESPN+ to watch UFC 259, you can take advantage of a special discounted package.
New subscribers can purchase a year-long ESPN+ membership with access to UFC 259 included for a total of $89.98. That’s over 30% off the regular combined price of an annual plan and a PPV match. Following your first year of service, ESPN+ will then renew for the regular annual price of $60.
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