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What time does UFC 259 main card start?

Three UFC championships are on the line this Saturday from the APEX in Las Vegas, but when will they begin?

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

Update March 6th 11:25 p.m.: Though there have been plenty of early stoppages tonight, the card is still a bit behind. We might not see the main event of Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya until a bit after 12:30 a.m. depending on how long Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling and Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson takes.

Update March 6th 6:45 p.m.: The early preliminary card started a bit ahead of the previously announced schedule because of the 15-fight event this show became. But with the first four fights being early stoppages, we should be on schedule for the rest of the card.


UFC is back in action in Las Vegas this Saturday evening for its UFC 259 PPV event. The 15-fight card is headlined by the light heavyweight championship bout featuring Jan Blachowicz vs. middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.

Also, Amanda Nunes puts up one of her two championships when she faces Megan Anderson for the women’s featherweight championship as the co-main event. Finally, Petr Yan defends his bantamweight title against Aljamain Sterling in a five-round affair as well.

UFC 259 will get underway at 6:00 p.m. ET with the early preliminary card on UFC Fight Pass. Once the six early preliminary fights wrap, the regular preliminary card is scheduled to start 8 p.m. ET. and will air on ESPN and ESPN+. There are currently four fights scheduled for that part of the show.

The main card is currently scheduled to get started at 10 p.m. ET, and will take place on live on ESPN+ PPV. Even if it is delayed, that’s close enough to plan your evening accordingly. And if you only care about the main event between Jan Blachowicz and Israel Adesanya, it’s estimated that will start just after midnight ET. That’s 9 p.m. in Las Vegas, which will give west coast people plenty of time to still enjoy a night out after the card.