RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 259

RotoWire Staff Picks: UFC 259

This article is part of our RotoWire Staff Picks series.

Three title fights headline UFC 259 on Saturday in what appears to be the company's best card since the start of 2021.

As a reminder, the following selections are purely picks. If you're looking for a fantasy-specific breakdown of these fights, we have you covered across the board with the following columns:

Multi-Site Preview: https://www.rotowire.com/mma/article.php?id=55681
DraftKings Preview: https://www.rotowire.com/mma/article.php?id=55624
Fanduel Preview: https://www.rotowire.com/mma/article.php?id=55680

Also, don't forget to tune into Fight IQ live Friday at 8:00 p.m. EST on the RotoWire Youtube Channel, where Chris, Joe and Shaun will break down the card from top to bottom, featuring a more in-depth look at the selections below.
 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 

CLASS

JONJAKECHRIS
Israel Adesanya (-235) vs.
Jan Blachowicz (+195)

Light
Heavyweight
Championship

 AdesanyaAdesanya Adesanya
Amanda Nunes (-1165) vs.
Megan Anderson (+750)

Women's

Featherweight
Championship

NunesNunesNunes
Aljamain Sterling (-105) vs.
Petr Yan (-115)

Bantamweight
Championship

SterlingYanSterling
Drew Dober (+275) vs.
Islam Makhachev (-335)

Lightweight

MakhachevMakhachevMakhachev
Aleksandar Rakic (-155) vs.
Thiago Santos (+135)

Light
Heavyweight

SantosSantosSantos
     
UFC 259 RECORD 2-32-33-2
2021 RECORD 6-78-56-7
2021 PERCENTAGE .462.615.462
2020 RECORD 36-1834-2028-26
2020 PERCENTAGE .667.630.519
2019 RECORD 39-1935-2332-26
2019 PERCENTAGE .672.603.552
ALL-TIME  176-106175-107 142-107
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .624.621.570

 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 
CLASS

JOE

"SUNTZU"

SHAUN 
"TheDFSniper"

Israel Adesanya (-235) vs.
Jan Blachowicz (+195)

Light
Heavyweight
Championship

 Blachowicz Adesanya
Amanda Nunes (-1165) vs.
Megan Anderson (+750)

Women's

Featherweight
Championship

NunesNunes
Aljamain Sterling (-105) vs.
Petr Yan (-115)

Bantamweight
Championship

YanSterling
Drew Dober (+275) vs.
Islam Makhachev (-335)

Lightweight

MakhachevMakhachev
Aleksandar Rakic (-155) vs.
Thiago Santos (+135)

Light
Heavyweight

SantosSantos
    
UFC 259 RECORD 3-23-2
2021 RECORD 8-57-6
2021 PERCENTAGE .615.538
2020 RECORD 36-1838-16
2020 PERCENTAGE .667.704
2019 RECORD 34-2434-24
2019 PERCENTAGE .586.586
ALL-TIME 105-66109-62
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .614.637

 

MATCHUP

WEIGHT 
CLASS

     COLE     

        AJ             

Israel Adesanya (-235) vs.
Jan Blachowicz (+195)

Light
Heavyweight
Championship

 Adesanya Adesanya
Amanda Nunes (-1165) vs.
Megan Anderson (+750)

Women's

Featherweight
Championship

NunesNunes
Aljamain Sterling (-105) vs.
Petr Yan (-115)

Bantamweight
Championship

YanSterling
Drew Dober (+275) vs.
Islam Makhachev (-335)

Lightweight

MakhachevMakhachev
Aleksandar Rakic (-155) vs.
Thiago Santos (+135)

Light
Heavyweight

SantosRakic
    
UFC 259 RECORD 2-34-1
2021 RECORD 4-57-2
2021 PERCENTAGE .444.777
ALL-TIME 4-57-2
ALL-TIME PERCENTAGE .444.777

THE PICKERS

Jon Litterine: RotoWire lead MMA beat writer and scribe for our weekly DrafKings preview. Lead analyst on the RotoWire MMA Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @JonLitterine.

Jake Letarski: RotoWire.com Operations Manager, plus MMA and NCAA Hoops Senior Editor. Host of the RotoWire MMA Podcast and guest on the RotoWire Fantasy Football Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @RotoJake.

Chris Olson: Contributor at RotoWire to "Fight IQ, presented by RotoWire," as well as The MMA Mashup, DFS Baseball, a MMA gambling columnist and fight recaps. Follow him on Twitter at @RealChrisOlson.

Joe "SunTszu": Known more commonly by his Twitter handle @SunTszu, Joe is a Hedge Fund Executive by day and high-volume DFS player by night. He is a 2x "Bracket Challenge" & "Gotham qualifier. You can also find him as one of the original contributors of "Fight IQ, presented by RotoWire," a DFS-centric video breakdown. He is also a co-creator of the "Creating Alpha in DFS" podcast.

@theDFSniper: @theDFSniper is the host and lead instigator of "Fight IQ, presented by RotoWire," a DFS-centric video breakdown. He also appears on the LoudMouth MMA podcast and contributes soccer content to DFS Army.

Cole Shelton: Cole Shelton is a full-time sports writer focusing on MMA. His work has appeared on BJPenn.com, CBC Sports, Sports Betting Dime and Blue Jays Nation. He currently pens the MMA Best Bets column on RotoWire. Follow him on Twitter at @ColeShelton91.

AJ Schullo: AJ is a long-time sports bettor and DFS player, who placed in the top 50 at the DraftKings Sports Betting National Championship in 2019 and qualified for the 2018 MMA Knockout King. He currently pens the FanDuel MMA column for RotoWire. Follow him on Twitter at @AJMMABetting.

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