UFC 259 Betting Guide

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UFC 259 will be the biggest pay per view fight card of 2021 thus far! There will be not one, not two, but three world title fights on the main card.

  • In the co-co-main event, Petr Yan will be making his long awaited first UFC Bantamweight World Title defense against #1 contender, Aljamain Sterling. Yan defeated Jose Aldo back in July of last year. I suppose 7 months isn’t that long but it sure feels like it.
  • After the Bantamweight champion is decided, we move up a weight class and cross a gender for the Women’s Featherweight title fight when, of course, the GOAT Amanda Nunes defends her 45-pound strap against Australia’s Megan Anderson.
  • It isn’t often that Amanda Nunes defends her Featherweight World Title but when she does, it’s usually a lopsided affair. It is evident from her performances inside of the Octagon that Megan, while being a natural 145er or maybe even more standing over 6 feet tall, has never displayed the ability to defend the takedown.
Almost too many stellar fights to talk about!

In this guide, we’ve got a ton of resources to help get you ready for this triple championship showdown. We’ll tell you how to watch UFC 259 (including start times), a full fight card breakdown, the UFC 259 betting odds, and where to best on UFC 259 no matter where you live in the world.

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How To Watch UFC 259

  • Date: Saturday March 6th, 2021
  • Location: UFC APEX, Las Vegas
  • Main Card Start Time: 10:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM PDT
  • Preliminary Card Start Time: 8:00 PM EST, 5:00 PM PDT
  • UFC 259 Channel: Prelims on ESPN and ESPN+, Main Card available for PPV purchase on ESPN+
  • Price: Prelims are free, Main Card is $64.99 for ESPN+ subscribers or $84.98 for UFC 259 and an annual pass to ESPN+

The Full UFC 259 Fight Card

  • Israel Adesanya vs. Jan Blachowicz
  • Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson
  • Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Islam Makhachev vs. Drew Dober
  • Thiago Santos vs. Alexander Rakic
  • Dominick Cruz vs. Casey Kenney
  • Song Yadong vs. Kyler Phillips
  • Joe Benavidez vs. Askar Askarov
  • Amanda Lemos vs. Livinha Souza
  • Sean Brady vs. Jake Matthews
  • Tim Elliott vs. Jordan Espinosa
  • Kai Kara France vs. Rogerio Bontorin
  • Carlos Ulberg vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu
  • Uros Medic vs. Aalon Cruz

Top UFC 259 Storylines

3 World Titles will be on the line!

  • Israel Adesanya attempts to capture his second world title, this time up at Light Heavyweight
  • Bantamweight World Champion Petr Yan defends his belt for the first time ever against the deserving challenger, Aljamain Sterling
  • Amanda Nunes is rumored to likely be retiring from the sport of MMA after she likely (-1200) defeats Megan Anderson
  • 13-0 Sean Brady gets the biggest test of his career against longtime UFC veteran, Aussie Jake Matthews
  • Forever Flyweight contender Joe Benavidez checks to see what he has left in the tank against undefeated Askar Askarov
  • Bantamweight prospects Kyler Phillips and Sang Yadong face off in a clash of styles
  • Islam Makhachev makes his long-awaited return to the Octagon against KO artist and athletic freak, Drew Dober
  • Dominick Cruz is fighting on the PRELIMS! That’s how good this card is!

The Latest UFC 259 Betting Odds

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Matchup Odds
  • Israel Adesanya -270
  • Jan Blachowicz +230

WOMEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT

  • Matchup Odds
  • Amanda Nunes -1200
  • Megan Anderson +800

BANTAMWEIGHT

  • Matchup Odds
  • Petr Yan -140
  • Aljamain Sterling +120

Lightweight

  • Matchup Odds
  • Islam Makhachev -325
  • Drew Dober +275

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

  • Matchup Odds
  • Alexander Rakic -160
  • Thiago Santos +140

BANTAMWEIGHT

  • Matchup Odds
  • Dominick Cruz -125
  • Casey Kenney +105

BANTAMWEIGHT

  • Matchup Odds
  • Song Yadong -161
  • Kyler Phillips +141

FLYWEIGHT

  • Matchup Odds
  • Joe Benavidez -105
  • Askar Askarov -115

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT

  • Matchup Odds
  • Amanda Lemos -150
  • Livinha Souza +120

WELTERWEIGHT

  • Matchup Odds
  • Sean Brady -250
  • Jake Matthews +210

FLYWEIGHT

  • Matchup Odds
  • Tim Elliott -105
  • Jordan Espinosa -115

FLYWEIGHT

  • Matchup Odds
  • Kai Kara France -150
  • Rogerio Bontorin +120

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

  • Matchup Odds
  • Carlos Ulberg -170
  • Kennedy Nzechukwu +140

Lightweight

  • Matchup Odds
  • Uros Medic -160
  • Aalon Cruz +140

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UFC 259 Prop Bets

Currently, there are only prop bets available for the title fights but luckily for us, we have three of them at UFC 259!
Some of the more enticing and potentially valuable prop bets for UFC 259 are listed here.

Yes, Izzy is going up in weight and the Pole, Jan Blachowicz is very tough but he is also very hittable and I believe Adesanya, a 6’4” man, will enjoy the power boost up 20 pounds at Light Heavy.

The speed advantage will also be quite evident and remember, this fight is scheduled for 25 minutes, so The Last Style Bender will have ample time to properly punish and put away the Polish powerhouse.

A lot of you may be wondering what in the spam heck am I talking about here but yes, mixed martial arts fights now have point spreads and I still don’t know how I feel about it.

From an interest, curiosity, and intrigue standpoint, I just want to dive into all of the possibilities but point spreads are how the books beat us. Moneylines are much safer but we are still in the infancy of MMA point spreads so let’s take advantage of some beginner mistakes albeit making a few of our own (and learning) along the way.

Izzy being -5.5 means that if he gets the finish, we win the bet no matter what the judges would have said. Conversely, if the Polish power prevails and puts Izzy out, then we lose our bet automatically.

That’s fair. The point spread would normally be 3.5 but since we are in a title fight, it is 5.5. These points come from all three judges’ scorecards COMBINED.

This means that Israel Adesanya -5.5 would need +6 points after the scorecards are tallied. An example of that would be all three judges’ in agreement at 49-46 for Izzy.

This gives him more than enough at +9. That is 4 rounds to 1. If it is 3-2, then we only have a 3 point edge at 48-47 across the board. It gets interesting when the judges disagree so every fight is different and just like moneylines and round totals, sometimes the value simply isn’t there.

I like Izzy a lot in this fight. He will have the range and most importantly, the speed. Jan isn’t a massive takedown threat either so I don’t see him winning more than one round.

I also think Adesanya will get the finish as you know we likely won’t need the scorecards in this spot. A scenario that would screw us is (48-47), (48-47), and (49-46) for Adesanya. He could dominate 80% of the fight and still end up like this.

Speed kills, though, and I think Adesanya sleeps the champ. And new…

Picking a winner in this fight is going to be incredibly tough. You can make arguments for both men because they are each so incredibly skilled, dangerous, and durable.

The former and the latter lead to me looking at betting one of the round totals. Aljamain Sterling has only been stopped by a knee to the head and we haven’t yet seen anyone finish the champ.

The payout is decent and I think these 35ers go the distance.

Key Details UFC 259 Bettors Want to Know

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Jan Blachowicz (c) vs. Israel Adesanya

Israel Adesanya (-270)

  • Professional Record: 20-0
  • Nickname: The Last Style Bender
  • From: Lagos, Nigeria
  • Fight Camp: City Kickboxing in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Last Fight: Win – 2nd Round TKO over Paulo Costa-9/27/2020
  • Notable Victories: Robert Whittaker, Marvin Vettori, Yoel Romero, Kelvin Gastelum, Anderson Silva

Jan Blachowicz (+200)

  • Professional Record: 27-8
  • Nickname: John
  • From: Cieszyn, Poland
  • Fight Camp: WCA Fight Team
  • Last Fight: Win-2nd Round TKO over Dominick Reyes-9/26/2020
  • Notable Victories: Jared Cannonier, Corey Anderson, Dominick Reyes

Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Megan Anderson

Amanda Nunes (-1200)

  • Professional Record: 20-4
  • Nickname: The Lioness
  • From: Pojuca, Bahia, Brazil
  • Fight Camp: American Top Team
  • Last Fight: Win-Unanimous Decision over Felicia Spencer-6/6/2020
  • Notable Victories: Valentina Shevchenko(x2), Cris Cyborg, Germaine de Randamie (x2), Holly Holm, Meisha Tate

Megan Anderson (+800)

  • Professional Record: 10-4
  • Nickname: N/A
  • From: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
  • Fight Camp: Glory MMA and Fitness
  • Last Fight: Win-1st Round TKO over Norma Dumont on 2/29/2020
  • Notable Victories: None. Just kidding-Cat Zingano

Petr Yan (c) vs. Aljamain Sterling

Petr Yan (-140)

  • Professional Record: 15-1
  • Nickname: No Mercy
  • From: Mother Russia
  • Fight Camp: Tiger Muay Thai
  • Last Fight: Win-5th Round TKO over Jose Aldo on 7/11/2020
  • Notable Victories: Jose Aldo, Jimmie Rivera, Magomed Magomedov

Aljamain Sterling (+120)

  • Professional Record: 19-3
  • Nickname: The Funk Master
  • From: Strong Island, New York
  • Fight Camp: Serra/Longo MMA
  • Last Fight: Win-First Round Rear Naked Choke over Cory Sandhagen on 6/6/2020
  • Notable Victories: Cory Sandhagen, Jimmie Rivera, Pedro Munhoz

Islam Makhachev vs. Drew Dober

Islam Makhachev (-325)

  • Professional Record: 18-1
  • Nickname: N/A
  • From: Dagestan, Russia
  • Fight Camp: American Kickboxing Academy
  • Last Fight: Win-Unanimous Decision over Davi Ramos on 9/7/2019
  • Notable Victories: Arman Tsarukyen

Drew Dober (-275)

  • Professional Record: 23-9
  • Nickname: N/A
  • From: Omaha, Nebraska
  • Fight Camp: Elevation Fight Team
  • Last Fight: Win-2nd Round TKO over Alexander Hernandez on 5/13/2020
  • Notable Wins: Nasrat Haqparast

Alexander Rakic vs. Thiago Santos

Junior dos Santos (-160)

  • Professional Record: 13-2
  • Nickname: N/A
  • From: Austria
  • Fight Camp: Team 23
  • Last Fight: Win-Unanimous Decision over Anthony Smith on 8/29/2020
  • Notable Victories: Anthony Smith

Thiago Santos (+140)

  • Professional Record: 21-8
  • Nickname: Marreta
  • From: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Fight Camp: American Top Team
  • Last Fight: Loss- 3rd Round Rear Naked Choke to Glover Teixiera
  • Notable Victories: Jan Blachowicz, Kevin Holland, Anthony Smith, Jack Hermansson

Dominick Cruz vs. Casey Kenney

Casey Kenney (-125)

  • Professional Record: 16-2-1
  • Nickname: N/A
  • From: Portland, Indiana
  • Fight Camp: The MMA Lab in Phoenix, AZ
  • Last Fight: Win-Unanimous Decision over Nathaniel Wood on 10/24/2020
  • Notable Victories: Nathaniel Wood, Ray Borg, Brandon Royval

Dominick Cruz (-105)

  • Professional Record: 22-3
  • Nickname: The Dominator
  • From: San Diego, California
  • Fight Camp: Alliance MMA
  • Last Fight: Loss-2nd Round TKO to Henry Cejudo
  • Notable Victories: TJ Dillashaw, Urijah Faber, Joe Benavidez (x2), Demetrious Johnson

Kyler Phillips vs. Song Yadong

Song Yadong (-161)

  • Professional Record: 16-4-1
  • Nickname: Kung Fu Monkey
  • From: Harbin, China
  • Fight Camp: Team Alpha Male
  • Last Fight: Win-Unanimous Decision over Chito Vera on 5/16/2020
  • Notable Victories: Chito Vera

Kyler Phillips (+121)

  • Professional Record: 8-1
  • Nickname: The Matrix
  • From: Torrance, California
  • Fight Camp: The MMA Lab in Phoenix, AZ
  • Last Fight: Win-2nd Round TKO over Cameron Else on 10/3/2020
  • Notable Victories: N/A

Joe Benavidez vs Askar Askrov

Askar Askarov (-115)

  • Professional Record: 13-0-1
  • Nickname: Ask
  • From: Mother Russia
  • Fight Camp: Berkut FC
  • Last Fight: Win-Unanimous Decision over Alexandre Pantoja on 7/18/2020
  • Notable Victories: Alexandre Pantoja, Tim Elliott

Joe Benavidez (-105)

  • Professional Record: 28-7
  • Nickname: Beefcake
  • From: San Antonio, Texas
  • Fight Camp: Team Alpha Male
  • Last Fight: Loss-1st Round Rear Naked Choke to Deiveson Figueredo on 7/18/2020
  • Notable Victories: Jussier Formiga(x2), Alex Perez, Henry Cejudo

Amanda Lemos vs. Livinha Souza

Amanda Lemos (-150)

  • Professional Record: 8-1-1
  • Nickname: Amandinha
  • From: Brazil
  • Fight Camp: Marajo Brothers MMA
  • Last Fight: Win-Unanimous Decision over Mizuki Inoue on 8/22/2020
  • Notable Victories: Mizuki Inoue, Miranda Granger

Livinha Souza (+120)

  • Professional Record: 14-2
  • Nickname: The Brazilian Gangster
  • From: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Fight Camp: Team Maximo
  • Last Fight: Win-Unanimous Decision Win over Ashley Yoder on 8/15/2020
  • Notable Victories: Ashley Yoder

Sean Brady vs Jake Matthews

Sean Brady (-250)

  • Professional Record: 13-0
  • Nickname: N/A
  • From: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Fight Camp: Renzo Gracie Philly
  • Last Fight: Win-Round 2 Guillotine Choke over Christian Aguilera on 8/29/2020
  • Notable Victories: Ismail Naurdiev

Jake Matthews (+200)

  • Professional Record: 17-4
  • Nickname: The Celtic Kid
  • From: Melbin, Straya
  • Fight Camp: Nexus
  • Last Fight: Win-Unanimous Decision over Diego Sanchez on 9/26/2020
  • Notable Victories: Jingliang Li

Jordan Espinosa vs Tim Elliott

Jordan Espinosa (-115)

  • Professional Record: 15-8
  • Nickname: N/A
  • From: Meridian, Connecticut
  • Fight Camp: Luttrell’s MMA
  • Last Fight: Loss-Unanimous Decision to David Dvorak on 9/19/2020
  • Notable Victories: Absolutely Nobody

Tim Elliott (-115)

  • Professional Record: 16-11-1
  • Nickname: N/A
  • From: Kansas City, Missouri
  • Fight Camp: Glory MMA and Fitness
  • Last Fight: Win-Unanimous Decision over Ryan Benoit on 7/15/2020
  • Notable Victories: Louis Smolka, Matt Schnell

Kai Kara France vs Rogerio Bontorin

Kai Kara France (-150)

  • Professional Record: 21-9
  • Nickname: Don’t Blink
  • From: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Fight Camp: City Kickboxing
  • Last Fight: Loss-2nd Round Guillotine choke to Brandon Royval
  • Notable Victories: Raulian Paiva

Rogerio Bontorin (+120)

  • Professional Record:
  • Nickname: N/A
  • From: Adrianopolis, Parana, Brazil
  • Fight Camp: Gile Ribeiro Team
  • Last Fight: Loss-Unanimous Decision to Ray Borg on 2/15/2020
  • Notable Victories: Raulian Paiva, Magomed Bibulatov

Kennedy Nzechukwu vs Carlos Ulberg

Carlos Ulberg (-172)

  • Professional Record: 3-0
  • Nickname: Mr. Marvelous
  • From: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Fight Camp: City Kickboxing
  • Last Fight: Loss-Unanimous Decision to David Dvorak on 9/19/2020
  • Notable Victories: Absolutely Nobody

Kennedy Nzechukwu (+144)

  • Professional Record: 7-1
  • Nickname: African Savage
  • From: Ima State, Nigeria
  • Fight Camp: Fortis MMA
  • Last Fight: Win-Unanimous Decision over Darko Stosic on 7/8/2019
  • Notable Victories: Absolutely Nobody
  • Uros Medic vs Aalon Cruz

    Uros Medic (-160)

    • Professional Record: 6-0
    • Nickname: The Doctor
    • From: Novi Sad, Serbia
    • Fight Camp: Kings MMA
    • Last Fight: win-1st Round TKO over Mikey Gonzalez on 8/4/2020
    • Notable Victories: Absolutely Nobody

    Aalon Cruz (+140)

    • Professional Record: 8-3
    • Nickname: N/A
    • From: Tampa, Florida
    • Fight Camp: Xtreme Couture
    • Last Fight: Loss-1st Round TKO to Spike Carlyle on 2/29/2020
    • Notable Victories: Absolutely Nobody

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    Mike has been covering sports professionally since 2017 but on the amateur scene for 25 years since when he was 12. Before the internet changed the world, he would keep detailed statistical box scores of NFL and NBA contests, write recaps, and voluntarily commentate games and fights alone in his room. Mike's military experience, Bachelors Degree, and employment thereafter were always rooted in engineering, science, and teaching. Now he enjoys being able to express himself through writing about football, golf, and car racing among other sports but most of all fighting as his life has been rooted in mixed martial arts including competing and teaching for the past 15 years.

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