Israel Adesanya’s middleweight champion will attempt to make UFC history on Saturday when he’ll seek a title in a second division by taking on light heavyweight holder Jan Blachowicz in the main event of UFC 259. Meanwhile, UFC 259 main fight card will feature three championship bouts which will commence at 10 pm ET. Undefeated Adesanya could become just the fifth UFC fighter to actively hold titles in two separate divisions, joining Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, Daniel Cormier, and Henry Cejudo.
Adesanya is a -265 favorite (risk $265 to win $100), while Blachowicz is a +225 underdog in the latest Blachowicz vs. Adesanya odds at William Hill Sportsbook. In the co-main event, two-division champion Amanda Nunes (-1,200) defends her featherweight title against challenger Megan Anderson (+750).
Marley knows the main event will play a major role in the budding legacy of Adesanya (20-0), who has made no secret of his desire to be considered among the greatest to ever fight in the Octagon. The self-assured former professional kickboxer turned off some observers with his bold predictions for his mixed martial arts career while still just a UFC newcomer.
In fact, just his second fight ended in a razor-thin split decision against Marvin Vettori, who is now the No. 5-ranked contender at light heavyweight. However, it soon became clear his athleticism and striking merited elite status, and he is now listed at No. 3 in the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings behind Jones and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Adesanya won the title with a second-round stoppage of Whittaker and has already defended it twice. Adesanya’s last fight resulted in a second-round stoppage of previously undefeated Brazilian beefcake Paulo Costa.
Blachowicz (27-8) was considered a middling contender until his knockout of former champion Luke Rockhold in February 2019 raised his profile. The Polish slugger has since ripped off three more wins, including a victory over the top-ranked and heavily favored Reyes to capture the vacant title.
Various candidates were considered for Blachowicz’s first title defense, but the decision was made easy for the UFC brass when Adesanya stated his intent to move up a weight class and seek a second division title.
UFC 259 odds
Israel Adesanya (-265) vs. Jan Blachowicz (+225)
Amanda Nunes (-1,200) vs. Megan Anderson (+750)
Petr Yan (-115) vs. Aljamain Sterling (-105)
Islam Makhachev (-345) vs. Drew Dober (+285)
Aleksandar Rakic (-160) vs. Thiago Santos (+140)
Casey Kenney (-140) vs. Dominick Cruz (+120)
Song Yadong (-140) vs. Kyler Phillips (+120)
Askar Askarov (-130) vs. Joseph Benavidez (+110)
Kai Kara France (-140) vs. Rogerio Bontorin (+120)
Amanda Lemos (-200) vs. Livinha Souza (+175)
Jordan Espinosa (-125) vs. Tim Elliott (+105)
Carlos Ulberg (-220) vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu (+190)
Sean Brady (-200) vs. Jake Matthews (+175)
Uros Medic (-165) vs. Aalon Cruz (+145)
Mario Bautista (-220) vs. Trevin Jones (+190)
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