UFC 259 has an eventful night waiting for you. You can look forward to three title fights on the night, with one being the main headliner event. In this matchup, you will have the opportunity to see a showdown between light heavyweights Jan Blachowicz and Israel Adesanya.
Date: SAT, MAR 6
Time: 9:00 PM CST
Watch On: ESPN+
Location: UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States
Jan Blachowicz (27-8-0)
Blachowicz stands as the light heavyweight champion, in addition to his win streak of four consecutive fights. His last encounter was a TKO victory when he faced Dominick Reyes back in September of 2020.
His fighting resume shows that he has eight wins by knockout, nine by submission, and ten by decision. He also has eight first-round finishes with a combined effort of knockouts and submissions.
He has a striking accuracy at 48 percent and has a grappling accuracy at 52 percent. He lands 3.49 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 2.74. This is a solid ratio that shows he knows how to get the job done.
Blachowicz has a takedown defense at 65 percent and has a significant strike defense at 54 percent. He also averages 1.10 takedowns and 0.20 submissions per 15 minutes.
Israel Adesanya (20-0-0)
Adesanya is the middleweight champion as he attempts to take steps in a different weight class to claim another belt. He has a large winning streak, is undefeated, and his last battle was a TKO win against Paulo Costa back in September of 2020.
His fighting resume shows that he has 15 wins by knockout and five by decision. He also has put together seven first-round knockout finishes.
“The Last Stylebender” has a striking accuracy at 50 percent but nothing to show for a grappling accuracy. He lands 4.10 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 2.33. This is a very solid ratio that should play a factor in this one.
Adesanya has a takedown defense at 86 percent and a significant strike defense at 65 percent. He currently does not have any averages for takedowns or submissions.
UFC 259: Blachowicz vs. Adesanya Betting Odds & Lines
The market has the newcomer to the division, Adesanya, as the favorite. For the moneyline, Intertops has the odds currently placed at:
*odds are subject to changes
Free Betting Pick
This will be an excellent striking matchup and fast-paced action. Each one has shown how to dominate in their respective division and how to become champions.
Size is not much of a concern in this one since the height and reach favors Adesanya, while weight favors Blachowicz. Blachowicz arguably has more power, while Adesanya is more technical in his strikes.
This battle could come down to the accuracy and precision that Adesanya delivers strikes and if he can be the aggressor. He has an excellent opportunity to step into someone else’s division and take a belt away.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Adesanya wins via TKO, at -270
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