We have what looks to be another great event this weekend, with UFC Vegas 20 set to go on Saturday night. We will get to that event in a separate article, but for the purposes of this piece, we want to focus on next weekend and UFC 259. It is tough to focus on what is coming this Saturday when next week’s main card is so ridiculously good. There are going to be 5 fights on the main card at UFC 259, 3 of which are title fights. It doesn’t get much better than that, and while we will preview all the bouts next week, we thought it might be fun to look at the current UFC odds.
Early MMA Betting Preview for UFC 259
Petr Yan (-135) Vs Aljamain Sterling (+105)
It’s not very often that you see a title bout in as the first fight on the main card, but that is exactly what is happening here. This will be the first title defense for Yan after winning the belt back in July. He will be looking to build on an impressive win streak, and he is in as a slight favorite. After a bit of a wobbly patch, Sterling worked his way up the ranks again with 5 straight wins against solid opposition. This is a great way to kick off the main card.
Islam Makhachev (-330) Vs Drew Dober (+255)
Next up is a Lightweight bout between a pair of fighters sitting just outside the top 10 in the weight class, so a lot on the line here. Makhachev is making a swift move up the rankings and is on a run that has seen him win 6 in a row, which explains why he is in as the favorite for this one. Dober only has 1 loss in his last 7 fights, so he will certainly not be a pushover.
Thiago Santos (+135) Vs Aleksandar Rakic (-165)
This is another fantastic fight, as both of these men are edging ever closer to a title shot in the Light Heavyweight division. As you can see by the odds, this has all the makings of a very close fight. Santos will be looking to find his way back after losing two in a row, which Rakic has already recovered with a win after losing a couple of fights ago. This could be a real battle.
Amanda Nunes (-1100) Vs Megan Anderson (+750)
Amanda Nunes has been absolutely dominant in the Bantamweight division, defending her title 5 times already. It is going to take a near perfect performance for Megan Anderson to spring the upset here, with the general consensus being that Nunes will win this one without breaking too much of a sweat. You never know what might happen when they step into the octagon, but it would be brave to bet against the champ.
Jan Blachowicz (+195) Vs Israel Adesanya (-250)
The headline event of the night has all the makings of a beauty, with Jan Blachowicz looking to defend his Light Heavyweight title for the first time since beating Dominick Reyes back in September. Adesanya already holds the Middleweight belt, but he is making the step up in weight to try and add another title to his resume. Despite that move, Adesanya is in as the favorite to win.
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