UFC 239 comes live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, July 6th. With it comes two title defenses from a pair of fighters who have shown unprecedented dominance within their corners of the sport.
The main event includes the refreshingly active Jon Jones, who will look to defend his UFC light heavyweight belt for the second time; since reclaiming the title in a bout with Alexander Gustafsson last year. Jones’ challenger this time around is former middleweight Thiago ‘Marreta’ Santos. The Brazilian earned his shot at ‘Bones’ after clubbing his way to victory in the first three 205 lb fights of his UFC career (versus Eryk Anders, Jimi Manuwa, and Jan Blachowicz).
The co-main event sees the bantamweight title on the line as double-champ Amanda Nunes defends versus former champ Holly Holm. This is Nunes’ first fight at 135 lbs since she went up in weight to dethrone former featherweight champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino. Holm gets the title shot here despite going 2-4 since her historic head kick KO victory over Ronda Rousey in 2015.
Holm’s last fight was a decision win over Megan Anderson at featherweight. Prior to that she lost to Cyborg. Her last bantamweight contest was a highlight reel KO against Bethe Correia two years ago.
Rounding out the UFC 238 pay-per-view is a welterweight battle — with lots of canned heat — between Jorge Masvidal and Ben Askren, the light heavyweight debut of Luke Rockhold (who meets Jan Blachowicz), and a welterweight bout between vintage TUF winners Diego Sanchez and Michael Chiesa.
The prelim card starts at 8:00PM ET. That portion of the event culminates in a featherweight fight between Arnold Allen and former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez. Before that Marlon Vera takes on Nohelin Hernandez at bantamweight, Claudia Gadelha meets Randa Markos at strawweight, and Alejandro Perez fights Song Yadong at bantamweight.
The early prelim card is scheduled to start at 6:15 PM ET. The featured early prelim is a middleweight showdown between Edmen Shahbazyan and Jack Marshman. Opening the show are fights between Ismail Naurdiev and Chance Rencountre (welterweight) and Pannie Kianzad and Julia Avila (bantamweight).
Check out all the ways you can watch the action below:
- Seats at the T-Mobile Arena are still available and you can get those here.
- For U.S. residents the UFC 239 pay-per-view is exclusively available for purchase (for $59.99) on the streaming service ESPN+. They PPV begins at 10:00PM ET/7:00PM PT.
- For international viewers the PPV card can be purchased online through UFC.tv or UFC Fight Pass.
- The early prelim card begins at 6:15PM ET/3:15PM PT. For U.S. residents, this content is available on ESPN+. For the rest of the world it is available on Fight Pass.
- The prelims will air on ESPN in the US (TSN 2 in Canada), beginning at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.
- TV streaming services Apple TV, LG Smart Apps, Amazon FireTV, and Samsung Apps offer the UFC.TV app, will give you access to UFC.TV where you can order the PPV (if you are not in the U.S.).
- Outside the U.S. the PPV is also available for purchase through Xbox Live and PlayStation Events (through their dedicated gaming consoles).
- The United Kingdom is broadcasting the PPV on BT Sport Box Office at a cost of £19.95. Here’s how you can stream the event.
- Non U.S. residents with Android or Apple devices can watch the UFC 239 PPV on apps available at the Google Play and iTunes stores (purchase of the PPV is required).
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