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The MMA Vivisection - UFC 259: Adesanya vs. Blachowicz picks, odds, & analysis

Zane Simon & Connor Ruebusch return to break down this week’s UFC event in Las Vegas, NV. With picks and odds for every fight on the card. From Israel Adesanya vs. Jan Blachowicz in the main event down to Mario Bautista vs. Trevin Jones in the opening prelims.

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The UFC has pulled out all the stops for this weekend’s UFC 259 PPV card. Featuring ranked talent from top to bottom, the main card is headlined by a trio of title fight, with Israel Adesanya taking on Jan Blachowicz, Megan Anderson challenging Amanda Nunes, and ALjamain Sterling taking his shot at Petr Yan. Throw former title challenger Thiago Santos in there along with Khabib heir apparent Islam Makhachev and the stakes are sure to be high comes Saturday night.

That even goes for the undercard, where former champion Dominick Cruz will take on rising talent Casey Kenney. A card has to be deep when former multiple time title challenger Joe Benavidez can’t even get feature billing. To get all the info, check out the Prelims Vivi below.

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Here’s a look at how the UFC 259 fight card stacks up right now:

PPV MAIN CARD | 10pm/7pm ET&PT
Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya - At 6:43, Odds 26:34, Picks, Both: Adesanya
Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson - At 27:30, Odds 32:44, Picks, Both: Nunes
Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling - At 33:12, Odds 53:28, Picks, Both: Yan
Islam Makhachev vs. Drew Dober - At 55:03, Odds 1:00:34, Picks, Both: Makhachev
Thiago Santos vs. Aleksandar Rakic - At 1:02:00, Odds 1:11:00, Picks, Zane: Santos / Connor: Rakic

ESPN PRELIMS | 8pm/5pm ET&PT
Dominick Cruz vs. Casey Kenney - At 1:28, Odds 14:49, Picks, Zane: Cruz / Connor: Kenney
Song Yadong vs. Kyler Phillips - At 15:07, Odds 18:11, Picks, Both: Yadong
Joseph Benavidez vs. Askar Askarov - At 20:29, Odds 30:34, Picks, Both: Benavidez
Rogerio Bontorin vs. Kai Kara-France - At 32:06, Odds 42:42, Picks, Both: France

ESPN+ PRELIMS | 6pm/3pm ET&PT
Tim Elliott vs. Jordan Espinosa - At 43:25, Odds 50:46, Picks, Both: Elliott
Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Carlos Ulberg - At 51:10, Odds 57:22, Picks, Both: Nzechukwu
Sean Brady vs. Jake Matthews - At 58:25, Odds 1:05:48, Picks, Both: Brady
Livia Renata Souza vs. Amanda Lemos - At 1:06:03, Odds 1:08:25, Picks, Both: Lemos
Uros Medic vs. Aalon Cruz - At 1:08:41, Odds 1:11:26, Picks, Both: Medic
Mario Bautista vs. Trevin Jones - At 1:11:54, Odds 1:19:20, Picks, Both: Bautista

For those of you following the picks made on the show, we started tracking them with the July 13th, 2020 Vivisections for ‘Kattar vs. Ige’... Standings for our last event, UFC Vegas 20: Zane went 5 out of the 9 bouts we were left with them having picked for & Connor went 5 out of those 9, as well.
So far, here are the overall standings: Zane - 210/326 & Connor - 199/326.

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