The UFC returns Saturday with UFC 259 from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card has three title fights, highlighted by the main event of Jan Blachowicz putting the light heavyweight championship on the line against current middleweight titleholder Israel Adesanya.
Blachowicz’s (27-8) reeled off four consecutive victories, capped off by plowing through Dominick Reyes via second-round TKO at UFC 253 to capture UFC gold for the first time.
Adesanya (20-0) won the interim belt in a back-and-forth war against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 in April 2019. Six months later at UFC 243, Adesanya knocked out Robert Whittaker in the second round to become the undisputed champion. “The Last Style Bender” last fought on the same show as Blachowicz when he thrashed Paulo Costa via second-round TKO.
After the event, Adesanya said he’d give Jared Cannonier the next title shot if he got by Whittaker at last Saturday’s UFC 254. But that didn’t come to pass as Whittaker won a unanimous decision. Adesanya wasn’t interested in running it back with Whittaker. Instead, Adesanya held a meeting with UFC president Dana White about moving up to challenge Blachowicz.
White obliged, and now Adesanya has the chance to become a dual champion, joining Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes, and Henry Cejudo.
Here is everything you need to know about how to watch UFC 259, including channels, pay-per-view prices, and fight times.
Here is everything you need to know about UFC 259: Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya.
UFC 259: TV CHANNEL, LIVE STREAM FOR USMAN VS. BURNS:
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 Combat.
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.
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)
In Spain, the early prelims and prelims are on UFC Fight Pass with the main card available at 4 a.m.
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.
WHAT TIME DOES UFC 259 START?
- UFC Fight Pass prelims: 6:00 p.m. ET | 3:00 p.m. PT
- UFC 259 prelims: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
- UFC 259 PPV: 10 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. PT
Broadcast coverage of UFC 259 will begin with the UFC Fight Pass prelims at 6:00 p.m. ET followed by the prelims at 8 p.m. ET. The pay-per-view event is set to begin around 10 p.m. ET. Jan Blachowicz and Israel Adesanya are expected to hit the Octagon about 12:30 a.m. ET, although the exact time depends on the length of earlier fights.
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 live
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