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UFC 259 Staff Picks: Adesanya, Nunes, Sterling, and Makhachev All Heavy Favorites

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The epic UFC 259 card is almost here! You know what that means. Time for our UFC 259 Staff Picks! This card is absolutely stacked from top to bottom.

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowics will defend his title against UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya in an epic champ vs champ battle! Amanda Nunes will defend her featherweight title against Megan Anderson in her quest for all-time greatness. Petr Yan will defend his bantamweight championship against Aljamain Sterling in a highly-anticipated matchup.

Islam Makhachev will see Drew Dober in a war with top-15 implications. Thiago Santos will fight Aleksandar Rakic in a light heavyweight scrap that is sure to entertain.

Without further ado, let’s get on to our UFC 259 Staff Picks!

UFC 259 Staff Picks

UFC 259 Staff Picks graph.
UFC 259 Staff Picks Graph courtesy of @MMAStatsGuy
Blachowicz
vs
Adesanya
Nunes
vs
Anderson
Yan
vs
Sterling
Makhachev
vs
Dober
Santos
vs
Rakic
Jake Broderick
(@jakebroderick98)
2021 Record: 11-4
AdesanyaNunesSterlingMakhachevSantos
Jude Briosos
(@Jude_Briosos)
2021 Record: 13-6
BlachowiczNunesSterlingMakhachevSantos
Danny Podolsky
(@PodolskyDanny)
2021 Record: 10-5
AdesanyaNunesSterlingMakhachevSantos
Dion Williams
(@dionwills16)
2021 Record: 15-9
AdesanyaNunesSterlingMakhachevSantos
Dominic Sallee
(@dsallee14)
2021 Record: 15-9
AdesanyaNunesSterlingMakhachevRakic
Leo Johnson
(@LeoJJohnson20)
2021 Record: 15-9
AdesanyaNunesSterlingDoberSantos
Ryan Truland
(@RyanTruland)
2021 Record: 9-6
AdesanyaNunesSterlingMakhachevSantos
Ryan Caddick
(@rhinocad1166)
2021 Record: 6-4
BlachowiczNunesSterlingDoberRakic
Ruaraidh Gilmour
(@Ruaraidh0)
2021 Record: 14-10
BlachowiczNunesYanMakhachevSantos
Lewis Simpson
(@LGS_MMA)
2021 Record: 13-11
AdesanyaNunesSterlingMakhachevRakic
James Rees
(@Ja
mesRees83)
2021 Record: 13-11
BlachowiczAndersonSterlingMakhachevSantos
Zaheer Adam
(@ZaheerAdam)
2021 Record:
 10-9
AdesanyaNunesSterlingMakhachevSantos
Cameron Wilson
(@CameronwMMA)
2021 Record: 12-12
AdesanyaNunesSterlingMakhachevRakic
Jeff Swartz
(@Jefflswartz2)
2021 Record: 12-12
BlachowiczNunesYanMakhachevRakic
Daniel Westbury
(@MMAStatsGuy)
2021 Record: 2-2
AdesanyaNunesSterlingMakhachevSantos
Kevin Varghese
(@randomkevin24)
2021 Record: 7-7
AdesanyaAndersonSterlingDoberRakic
Makoa Goble
(@MmaMakoa)
2021 Record: 11-13
AdesanyaNunesSterlingMakhachevSantos
Julian Murray
(@JcMurray720MMA)
2021 Record: 10-14
AdesanyaNunesSterlingDoberSantos
Joshua Ali
(@joshuaali53)
2021 Record: 0-0
BlachowiczNunesSterlingMakhachevRakic

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Jeff Swartz is a combat sports writer and editor for Overtimeheroics.net. With a focus on the UFC, Jeff also covers other major combat sports promotions like Bellator, ONE, World Lethwei Championship, Sparta Sports & Entertainment, and much more!