UFC 259 odds are already on the board for what looks like one of the most stacked cards in MMA history on March 6. In the main event, current middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will make his light heavyweight debut as he gets an immediate title shot against Jan Blachowicz.
Despite Adesanya jumping up to the 205-pound division (and refusing to bulk up for the move), UFC odds have the Last Stylebender as a sizable -250 favorite while Blachowicz comes back at +200.
Here are the UFC betting odds for the main event and every other bout on the UFC 259 card:
Where will UFC 259 take place?
UFC 259 will take place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Who is fighting at UFC 259?
Although some of the bouts could change due to injuries or COVID-19, the current lineup is absolutely stacked.
In addition to Adesanya vs. Blachowicz, two other championship fights will take place with Amanda Nunes once again a massive favorite as she defends her featherweight title against Megan Anderson, while Petr Yan makes his first defense of his bantamweight title against No. 1 challenger Aljamain Sterling.
Other big fights on the card include a battle between light heavyweight contenders Aleksandr Rakic and Thiago Santos, Joseph Benavidez vs. Askar Askarov and Islam Makhachev vs. Drew Dober, while former two-time bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz returns to the octagon against Casey Kenney.
UFC 259 odds
|Light Heavyweight||Israel Adesanya||-250||Jan Blachowicz||+225|
|Bantamweight||Petr Yan||-138||Aljamain Sterling||+110|
|Women's Featherweight||Amanda Nunes||-1,200||Megan Anderson||+700|
|Light Heavyweight||Aleksandr Rakic||-170||Thiago Santos||+140|
|Bantamweight||Casey Kenney||-125||Dominick Cruz||+100|
|Flyweight||Joseph Benavidez||+100||Askar Askarov||-125|
|Bantamweight||Song Yadong||-170||Kyler Phillips||+140|
|Lightweight||Islam Makhachev||-334||Drew Dober||+250|
|Flyweight||Tim Elliott||-110||Jordan Espinosa||-110|
|Flyweight||Kai Kara-France||-150||Rogério Bontorin||+125|
|Lightweight||Uroš Medić||-160||Aalon Cruz||+130|
|Welterweight||Sean Brady||-250||Jake Matthews||+200|
Odds courtesy of bet365
UFC 259 odds for title fights
Jan Blachowicz vs Israel Adesanya
When Jon Jones vacated the light heavyweight title for a shot at heavyweight glory, there was briefly a big void in the division that Jones had dominated for a decade. Well, that void has been filled in a hurry by the world's best striker, Israel Adesanya, who will look to become a two-division champ as he makes his debut at 205 pounds.
Adesanya has essentially cleaned out the middleweight division after knocking out Paulo Costa at UFC 253 last September. The Last Stylebender is now 20-0 in his career, including 9-0 since joining the UFC in 2018.
Not only is Adesanya an incredible kickboxer with fantastic movement and surprising power, but his charisma and brash personality adds to his value as a UFC superstar. It definitely played a factor in UFC president Dana White allowing Adesanya to skip the queue ahead of other LHW contenders. And with Jan Blachowicz soon to be 38 years old, he's likely looking forward to the big payday that a name like Adesanya will bring as well.
Blachowicz claimed the vacant title with a second-round knockout victory over Dominick Reyes as the co-main event at UFC 253. He came into that fight as a +225 underdog and will look to beat the odds again.
After an up-and-down start to his UFC career, Blachowicz has turned things around, winning eight of his last nine fights. He's a strong technical striker with "legendary Polish power" but is also an underrated grappler with nine submission wins in his career.
Amanda Nunes vs Megan Anderson
Amanda Nunes is the reigning women's bantamweight and featherweight champion and is widely considered the great female fighter in MMA history. That said, coming in as a -1,200 favorite is still pretty wild, especially considering that she has never opened as bigger than a -530 favorite in any of her previous six title defenses.
The Lioness is fresh off a unanimous decision victory over Felicia Spencer last June and has now won 11 fights in a row, including first-round finishes of former champs Holly Holm, Cris Cyborg, Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.
Megan Anderson comes into this fight as a massive +700 underdog but is fresh off back-to-back stoppage wins. Anderson is the tallest female fighter on the UFC roster and takes advantage of her reach advantage with high-level kickboxing ability. The Aussie is the rare female fighter that racks up finishes, with her last nine wins all ending via stoppage.
Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling
Petr Yan makes his first defense of the 135-pound belt as a slim -138 favorite. The Russian is a perfect 7-0 since joining the UFC and is coming off a dominating win against Jose Aldo, where Yan claimed the vacant title after pounding on the former featherweight champ for five rounds before the ref finally waved the fight off.
The 27-year-old is one of the UFC's rising stars and has the best boxing in the division, with extremely polished footwork, crisp combos and power in his hands.
Aljamain Sterling comes into UFC 259 on a five-fight winning streak, most recently a first-round submission victory over No. 2 contender Cory Sandhagen last summer. The Funk Master is a terrific wrestler with high-end grappling and submission ability, but has also improved as a striker.
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