Value bets for UFC 259

By Lou Finocchiaro  ( 


UFC 259 sets up to be the most dynamic, complete, competitive and compelling fight card offered in the last decade or longer. Three five-round championship bouts will complete a 15-bout schedule. From start to finish, UFC 259 presents expertly skilled, top-ranked mixed martial arts talent from 10 countries all vying to propel their careers by competing with the eyes of the MMA world upon them.

Here’s an early snapshot of a few of the bouts that hold my attention outside of the Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling + 120 bantamweight championship referenced below. I’ll provide a handful of releases for this card later in the week.


Light-heavyweight (205 pounds) Championship, Main Event

In this super fight, Blachowicz, the light-heavyweight champion, puts his title on the line against middleweight champion Adesanya. As I read Blachowicz expressions leading up to this bout, I’m reminded of the Howard Cosell description of a foul Muhammad Ali before one of his fights. Cosell used the word “truculent,” and that’s exactly how Blachowicz regards Adesanya attempting to come up a weight class and take what’s his.

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