• Keith Walsh

UFC 239 Preview:

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It's international fight week and the UFC has a stacked card for this Saturday night July, 6th. Two championship fights, two incredible Welterweight fights, and another important fight in the Light Heavyweight division.

The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada will host UFC 239, where the greatest Light Heavyweight of all time, Jon Bones Jones defends his title against Thiago Santos in the main event. The Champ Champ of the women's division Amanda Nunes will look to keep her Bantamweight title as she takes on Holly Holm.

This card is absolutely stacked from top to bottom. On top of the two championship fights we get to see Ben Askren in his second UFC fight against Jorge Masvidal in a welterweight bout with major title implications. Luke Rockhold takes on Jan Blachowicz in a Light Heavyweight fight that could be a fight of the night. The last fight on the main card has one of my personal favorites in Michael Chiesa going up against Diego Sanchez in another Welterweight bout.

Let's take a look at how this card shapes up from the early prelims up to the main card.

Early Prelims 6:15pm EST:

Middleweight Bout: Edmen Shahbazyan(9-0-0) vs Jack Marshman(23-8-0)

Welterweight Bout: Ismail Naurdiev(18-2-0) vs Chance Rencountre(13-3-0)

Womens Bantamweight: Julia Avila(5-1-0) vs Pannie Kianzad(11-4-0)

Preliminary Card 8:00pm EST:

Womens Strawweight: Claudia Gadelha(16-4-0) vs Randa Markos(9-6-1)

Bantamweight Bout: Sean O'Malley(10-0-0) vs Marlon Vera(13-5-1)

Featherweight Bout: Gilbert Melendez(22-7-0) vs Arnold Allen(14-1-0)

Main Card 10:00pm EST:

Welterweight Bout: Michael Chiesa(15-4-0) vs Diego Sanchez(29-11-0)

Light Heavyweight Bout: Luke Rockhold(16-4-0) vs Jan Blachowicz(23-8-0)

Welterweight Bout: Ben Askren(19-0-0-1NC) vs Jorge Masvidal(33-13-0)

Womens Bantamweight Championship Bout: Amanda Nunes(17-4-0) vs Holly Holm(12-4-0)

Light Heavyweight Championship Bout: Jon Jones(24-1-0-1NC) vs Thiago Santos(21-6-0)

Predictions for early prelims and prelims:

Julia Avila vs Pannie Kianzad-Winner:Pannie Kianzad

Ismail Naurdiev vs Chance Rencountre-Winner:Ismail Naurdiev

Edmen Shahbazyan vs Jack Marshman-Winner:Jack Marshman

Claudia Gadelha vs Randa Markos-Winner:Claudia Gadelha

Sean O'Malley vs Marlon Vera-Winner:Sean'OMalley

Gilbert Melendez vs Arnold Allen-Winner:Arnold Allen

Predictions for main card:

Welterweight Bout:

Michael Chiesa vs Diego Sanchez

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Prediction: Michael Chiesa 2nd round by Submission

Light Heavyweight Bout:

Luke Rockhold vs Jan Blachowicz

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Prediction:Luke Rockhold by decsion

Welterweight Bout:

Ben Askren vs Jorge Masvidal

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Prediction: Ben Askren by TKO in 1st round

Womens Bantamweight Championship Bout:

Amanda Nunes vs Holly Holm

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Prediction: Amanda Nunes by KO 3rd Round

Light Heavyweight Championship Bout:

Jon Jones vs Thiago Santos

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Prediction: Jon Jones by 1st round TKO

This card should be incredible and it is one of the ones I have been looking forward to since it was announced. Hopefully everyone makes weight and we have all of the fights go as scheduled. This card is subject to change as we are still a few days out, I will update if anything changes.

You can catch all the action on Saturday Night on PPV or on ESPN+


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