UFC 259: Make your predictions for three title fights in Las Vegas

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We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC 259 event in Las Vegas.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMA Junkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMA Junkie reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC 259 main card staff predictions we release Friday ahead of the event. UFC 259 takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.

Make your picks for the fights below.

Mario Bautista vs. Trevin Jones

Records: Mario Bautista (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Trevin Jones (12-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) Past five: Bautista 4-1, Jones 3-2 Division: Bantamweight Rankings: None Odds (as of 03.01.21): Bautista -220, Jones +185 [opinary poll="whats-your-pick-for-mario-bautista-vs-tr-7FxN54" customer="mmajunkie">

Aalon Cruz vs. Uros Medic

Records: Aalon Cruz (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Uros Medic (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) Past five: Cruz 4-1, Medic 5-0 Division: Lightweight Rankings: None Odds (as of 03.01.21): Medic -170, Cruz +140 [opinary poll="whats-your-pick-for-aalon-cruz-vs-uros-m-rLUVCr" customer="mmajunkie">

Amanda Lemos vs. Livinha Souza

Records: Amanda Lemos (8-1-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Livinha Souza (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) Past five: Lemos 3-1-1, Souza 4-1 Division: Women's strawweight Rankings: Souza No. 15, Lemos honorable mention Odds (as of 03.01.21): Lemos -185, Souza +150 [opinary poll="whats-your-pick-for-amanda-lemos-vs-livi-DCgli4" customer="mmajunkie">

Sean Brady vs. Jake Matthews

Records: Sean Brady (13-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), Jake Matthews (17-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) Past five: Brady 5-0, Matthews 4-1 Division: Welterweight Rankings: None Odds (as of 03.01.21): Brady -230, Matthews +180 [opinary poll="whats-your-pick-for-sean-brady-vs-jake-m-M5uJQ7" customer="mmajunkie">

Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Carlos Ulberg

Records: Kennedy Nzechukwu (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Carlos Ulberg (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) Past five: Nzechukwu 4-1, Ulberg 3-0 Division: Light heavyweight Rankings: None Odds (as of 03.01.21): Ulberg -210, Nzechukwu +170 [opinary poll="whats-your-pick-for-kennedy-nzechukwu-vs-psXMVY" customer="mmajunkie">

Tim Elliott vs. Jordan Espinosa

Records: Tim Elliott (16-11-1 MMA, 5-9 UFC), Jordan Espinosa (15-8 MMA, 2-3 UFC) Past five: Elliott 2-3, Espinosa 2-3 Division: Flyweight Rankings: None Odds (as of 03.01.21): Elliott -115, Espinosa -115 [opinary poll="whats-your-pick-for-tim-elliott-vs-jorda-wopl4C" customer="mmajunkie">

Rogerio Bontorin vs. Kai Kara-France

Records: Rogerio Bontorin (16-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Kai Kara-France (21-9 MMA, 4-2 UFC) Past five: Bontorin 4-1, Kara-France 3-2 Division: Flyweight Rankings: Kara-France No. 10, Bontorin No. 11 Odds (as of 03.01.21): France -150, Bontorin +120 [opinary poll="pick-for-rogerio-bontorin-vs-kai-karafra-mO7pBa" customer="mmajunkie">

Askar Askarov vs. Joseph Benavidez

Records: Askar Askarov (13-0-1 MMA, 2-0-1 UFC), Joseph Benavidez (28-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC) Past five: Askarov 4-0-1, Benavidez 3-2 Division: Flyweight Rankings: Benavidez No. 4, Askarov No. 6 Odds (as of 03.01.21): Askarov -120, Benavidez -110 [opinary poll="whats-your-pick-for-askar-askarov-vs-jos-IGdtjn" customer="mmajunkie">

Kyler Phillips vs. Song Yadong

Records: Kyler Phillips (8-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Song Yadong (16-4-1 MMA, 5-0-1 UFC) Past five: Phillips 3-2, Yadong 4-0-1 Division: Bantamweight Rankings: None Odds (as of 03.01.21): Yadong -165, Phillips +135 [opinary poll="whats-your-pick-for-kyler-phillips-vs-so-DykkFc" customer="mmajunkie">

Dominick Cruz vs. Casey Kenney

Records: Dominick Cruz (22-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC), Casey Kenney (16-2-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) Past five: Cruz 3-2, Kenney 4-1 Division: Bantamweight Rankings: Cruz No. 12 Odds (as of 03.01.21): Kenney -130, Cruz +100 [opinary poll="whats-your-pick-for-dominick-cruz-vs-cas-yeH5Ld" customer="mmajunkie">

Aleksandar Rakic vs. Thiago Santos

Records: Aleksandar Rakic (13-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC), Thiago Santos (21-8 MMA, 13-7 UFC) Past five: Rakic 4-1, Santos 3-2 Division: Light heavyweight Rankings: Rakic No. 9, Santos No. 12 Odds (as of 03.01.21): Rakic -165, Santos +135 [opinary poll="pick-for-aleksandar-rakic-vs-thiago-sant-pqDVSa" customer="mmajunkie">

Drew Dober vs. Islam Makhachev

Records: Drew Dober (23-9 MMA, 9-5 UFC), Islam Makhachev (18-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) Past five: Dober 4-1, Makhachev 5-0 Division: Lightweight Rankings: Makhachev No. 14 Odds (as of 03.01.21): Makhachev -350, Dober +265 [opinary poll="pick-for-drew-dober-vs-islam-makhachev_m-KmYEeJ" customer="mmajunkie">

Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling

Records: Petr Yan (15-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC), Aljamain Sterling (19-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) Past five: Yan 5-0, Sterling 5-0 Division: Bantamweight Rankings: Yan No. 1, No. 15 pound-for-pound; Sterling No. 2 Odds (as of 03.01.21): Yan -135, Sterling +105 [opinary poll="whats-your-pick-for-petr-yan-vs-aljamain-IB5Bqk" customer="mmajunkie">

Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson

Records: Amanda Nunes (20-4 MMA, 13-1 UFC), Megan Anderson (10-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) Past five: Nunes 5-0, Anderson 3-2 Division: Women's featherweight Rankings: Nunes No. 1, No. 1 pound-for-pound; Anderson No. 5, honorable mention pound-for-pound Odds (as of 03.01.21): Nunes -1400, Anderson +750 [opinary poll="whats-your-pick-for-amanda-nunes-vs-mega-fokxy3" customer="mmajunkie">

Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya

Records: Jan Blachowicz (27-8 MMA, 10-5 UFC), Israel Adesanya (20-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) Past five: Blachowicz 4-1, Adesanya 5-0 Division: Light heavyweight Rankings: Blachowicz No. 2; Adesanya No. 1 middleweight; No. 3 pound-for-pound Odds (as of 03.01.21): Adesanya -265, Blachowicz +205 [opinary poll="whats-your-pick-for-jan-blachowicz-vs-is-BNiouw" customer="mmajunkie">

Full UFC 259 fight card

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Jan Blachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya – for light heavyweight title

  • Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson – for women's featherweight title

  • Champ Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling – for bantamweight title

  • Drew Dober vs. Islam Makhachev

  • Aleksandar Rakic vs. Thiago Santos

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Dominick Cruz vs. Casey Kenney

  • Kyler Phillips vs. Song Yadong

  • Askar Askarov vs. Joseph Benavidez

  • Rogerio Bontorin vs. Kai Kara-France

PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Tim Elliott vs. Jordan Espinosa

  • Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Carlos Ulberg

  • Sean Brady vs. Jake Matthews

  • Amanda Lemos vs. Livinha Souza

  • Aalon Cruz vs. Uros Medic

  • Mario Bautista vs. Trevin Jones

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