Opening Odds for Blachowicz vs. Teixiera and Yan vs. Sterling has set odds for upcoming potential bouts stemming from Saturday night’s UFC 259 results.


Fight Odds

Petr Yan -250

Aljamain Sterling +210

Jan Blachowicz -155

Glover Teixiera +135

(Odds opened Blachowicz -190, Teixiera +165)

Blachowicz defended his UFC light heavyweight title with a unanimous decision over the previously unbeaten Adesanya at UFC 259 on Saturday night, thwarting the reigning middleweight champ’s bid to claim a second belt.

The much-anticipated slate of three championship fights at UFC 259 got off to a bizarre start when Yan’s inexplicable rules violation handed the 135-pound title to Sterling, the first fighter to become a UFC champion on a disqualification.

The fight was stopped with 31 seconds left in the fourth when Yan drove his knee into the face of Sterling, who was kneeling on the canvas in front of him.

MMA rules strictly prohibit such blows to a downed opponent, and the knee clearly hurt Sterling, who struggled and failed to get up for several minutes. The bout was called off by referee Mark Smith, who had verbally warned Yan not to throw such a strike a few seconds earlier.

– Mary Montgomery,

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