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Opening odds for a UFC 259 card featuring three championship bouts

Three championships are on the line Saturday night in Las Vegas, including some of the biggest stars in MMA.

Israel Adesanya celebrates beating Yoel Romero during UFC 248 at T-Mobile Arena. Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

One of the bigger MMA pay-per-view cards of the year will be this Saturday night in Las Vegas, as UFC 259 features three championship fights on the main card.

In the five-round main event, light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz takes on middleweight champion Israel Adesanya at 205 lbs., meaning the bout is for Blachowicz’s belt.

At 38-years-old from Poland, Blachowicz will look to keep the undefeated 20-0 Adesanya from becoming another UFC double champ. The Last Stylebender has never fought at the higher weight, but having defeated all potential challengers at 185 lbs. it makes sense he’d want a new challenge. Amongst hardcore fans of the sport, this should be one of the most anticipated fights in MMA history.

In the co-main event, another double champ in Amanda Nunes is a massive favorite against Megan Anderson for her featherweight strap. Nunes is unquestionably the best female combatant in the history of the sport, and she goes to her lighter weight for this bout, with the bantamweight belt still hers if somehow she loses.

And in the other co-main event, it will be five rounds as well for the men’s bantamweight championship as 15-1 Petr Yan faces 19-3 Aljamain Sterling. Yan won the interim belt from Jose Aldo in July, while Sterling has won five in a row since 2018 to earn his shot at the title.

Here are the opening odds for UFC 259 on March 6th from DraftKings Sportsbook:

UFC 259 Opening Odds

Weightclass Fighter Fighter
Weightclass Fighter Fighter
Light Heavyweight Jan Blachowicz +200 Israel Adesanya -250
Women's Featherweight Amanda Nunes -1250 Megan Anderson +750
Bantamweight Petr Yan -110 Aljamain Sterling -110
Lightweight Islam Makhachev -335 Drew Dober +250
Light Heavyweight Thiago Santos +138 Aleksandar Rakić -167
Bantamweight Dominick Cruz +110 Casey Kenney -137
Bantamweight Song Yadong -141 Kyler Phillips +115
Flyweight Joseph Benavidez +110 Askar Askarov -134
Flyweight Rogerio Bontorin +120 Kai Kara France -148
Flyweight Tim Elliott +102 Jordan Espinosa -124
Light Heavyweight Kennedy Nzechukwu +160 Carlos Ulberg -200
Welterweight Sean Brady -235 Jake Matthews +185
Women's Strawweight Livia Renata Souza +145 Amanda Lemos -182
Lightweight Uros Medic -167 Aalon Cruz +137
Bantamweight Mario Bautista -225 Trevin Jones +180

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