One of the biggest fight cards of the year will unfold later this evening (Sat., Mar. 6, 2021) live on ESPN+ PPV from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, as UFC 259 sets sail with a record-breaking 15 fights and three massive title bouts.
Leading the way will be a light heavyweight clash between current UFC champion Jan Blachowicz and undefeated middleweight king Israel Adesanya. Before that, double champ Amanda Nunes will defend her women’s featherweight strap against Megan Anderson, while Petr Yan puts his UFC bantamweight crown on the line for the first time against top contender Aljamain Sterling.
The stacked PPV main card and “Prelims” portion of the event will also feature notable fighters such as Dominick Cruz, Thiago Santos, Joseph Benavidez, Islam Makhachev, Aleksandar Rakic, Drew Dober, and Sean Brady. Pretty incredible to say the least.
Take a look below at UFC 259’s complete fight card line up and start times:
Main Card (ESPN+ PPV)
10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT
Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya
Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson
Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling
Islam Makhachev vs. Drew Dober
Thiago Santos vs. Aleksandar Rakic
UFC 259 takes place today in Las Vegas, headlined by Israel Adesanya’s attempt to follow in the footsteps of Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes and Henry Cejudo when the reigning middleweight champion challenges light-heavyweight king Jan Blachowicz.
Adesanya made his goal clear in late 2020, promising that he would be a two-division ruler in the year 2021.
“All I know is 2021, light heavyweight is mine,” Adesanya told MMA Fighting. “I’ll take the belt just to double champ it like some of the other fighters have.
“[Conor] McGregor, D.C. (Daniel Cormier), I like the look of two gold belts on my shoulder. I already did it with my interim belt and my unified undisputed belt when I was the double interim champ.
“But just to flex with that 205 belt as well, and I don’t even have to do much to do it. I just stay the same frame that I am. I don’t have to pack muscle like these guys are doing, like Jon [Jones] is doing. They’re making grave mistakes. It will come back to bite them in the ass when it’s time.”
Nunes, who is not only one of the four ‘champ-champs’ before Adesanya’s attempt to join the club but the only one to currently hold both belts and defend them actively, is also on the card as she defends the women’s featherweight belt while a men’s bantamweight championship bout between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling caps a rare triple-header of title fights.
In the United States, the UFC Fight Pass prelims will begin at 6:00 p.m. ET, and it will be simulcast on UFC Fight Pass, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish. The prelims will continue exclusively on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET. The ESPN+ pay-per-view main card begins at 10 p.m. ET.
In Canada, the early prelims are on UFC Fight Pass and TSN, the prelims are on TSN and RDS, and the pay-per-view main card is available on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus and Eastlink, as well as UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
In Australia, the early prelims and prelims are on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN. The pay-per-view main card, set for 2 p.m./12 p.m. AEST/AWST (Sunday), is on Main Event and Fetch TV plus UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
In Brazil, the prelims and main event (11 p.m. BRT) are on Combate.
In the U.K., the early prelims are on UFC Fight Pass with the prelims on UFC Fight Pass and BT Sport. The main card is available at 3 a.m. BST (Sunday) on BT Sport.
In Ireland, the early prelims are on UFC Fight Pass with the prelims on UFC Fight Pass and BT Sport. The main card is available at 3 a.m. BST (Sunday) on BT Sport.
In Germany, the early prelims and prelims are on UFC Fight Pass with the main card available at 4 a.m. CEST (Sunday) on DAZN, the global sports streaming service , and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
In Italy, the early prelims are on UFC Fight Pass with the prelims (2 a.m. CEST Sunday) and main card (4 a.m. CEST Sunday) available on DAZN, the global sports streaming service , and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
In Spain, the early prelims and prelims are on UFC Fight Pass with the main card available at 4 a.m. CEST (Sunday) on DAZN, the global sports streaming service , and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
In Mexico, the early prelims are on UFC Fight Pass with the prelims on UFC Fight Pass and Fox Sports. The main card is available at 9 p.m. MEX on Fox Sports.
HOW MUCH IS UFC 259 PAY-PER-VIEW?
PPV price: $69.99 USD
In the United States, the main card of UFC 259 is available via pay-per-view on ESPN+, which requires a monthly or yearly subscription. The PPV price for UFC 259 is $69.99 for current subscribers. For new subscribers, a bundle price of UFC 259 and an ESPN+ annual subscription is $89.98.
Pricing globally varies, depending on region and platform.
UFC 259 FIGHT CARD
Jan Błachowicz (c) vs. Israel Adesanya for Blachowicz’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
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
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