Before we begin, a couple of items to pass along: Four of the scheduled fights on WXC Warrior Wednesday 4 were postponed before the event.
Secondly, John Lineker, who had been the No. 10 contender in the UFC’s Lightweight division, was cut from the promotion earlier this week, less than two weeks removed from a postponed fight against Rob Font in Greenville, SC.
International Fight Week 2019 reaches its end this Saturday night in Las Vegas with UFC 239. Main card action from Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena begins on ESPN+ pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EDT/7 PDT.
This follows the late prelims on ESPN at 8 p.m. EDT/5 PDT and the early prelims at 6:15 p.m. EDT/3:15 PDT on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass.
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The card is headlined by two championship fights: In the co-main event, the Women’s Bantamweight title is at stake.
Incumbent champion Amanda Nunes (17-4) faces No. 2 contender Holly Holm (12-4).
In the main event, incumbent titleholder Jon Jones (24-1, one no-contest) faces No. 2 contender Thiago Santos (21-6).
Both title fights are a maximum of five rounds at five minutes per round.
Co-Main Event: UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title:
Heading into this co-main event, both contenders stand at 5-foot-8 and both contenders enter this fight coming off of a victory last time out.
For champion Nunes, her most recent victory occurred during UFC 232 on Dec. 29, 2018 against the soon-to-depart Cris Cyborg by first-round knockout. In her last five fights, Nunes has posted a perfect 5-0 mark.
In the other corner, challenger Holm has gone 2-3 in her last five fights. She most recently defeated Megan Anderson during UFC 225 last year.
The Tale of the Tape:
Both competitors have a 69-inch reach, with Nunes owning a three-inch leg reach advantage (41 inches to 38 inches.)
Prediction: Amanda Nunes by first-round knockout.
Main Event: UFC Light Heavyweight Title:
Heading into the main event, Jon Jones is the taller contender, standing 6-foot-4, two inches taller than Thiago Santos at 6-foot-2.
Champion Jones has posted a 4-0 record with one no-contest in his last five UFC fights. Most recently, he defended the belt against Anthony Smith in March during UFC 235’s main event by unanimous decision.
However, he lost two points on the final scorecard due to an illegal strike during the fourth round.
In the other corner, challenger Santos has gone 4-1 in his last five fights, most recently scoring a third-round TKO against Jan Blachowicz in UFC on ESPN+ 3 in Prague, Czech Republic in the main event.
The Tale of the Tape:
Jones holds an 8.5-inch reach advantage (84.5 inches to 76 inches even) over Santos, as well as a 2.5-inch leg reach advantage (45 inches even to 42.5 inches) heading into the main event.
Prediction: Jon Jones by second-round knockout.
Three other fights make up Saturday’s main card:
Ben Askren (19-0) vs. Jorge Masvidal (33-13) [Welterweight]
Luke Rockhold (16-4) vs. Jan Blachowicz (23-8) [Light Heavyweight]
Michael Chiesa (14-4) vs. Diego Sanchez (29-11) [Welterweight]
UFC 239 at a Glance: Early Prelims: Saturday, 6:15 p.m. EDT/3:15 PDT, UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+
Late Prelims: Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT/5 PDT, ESPN
Main Card: Saturday, 10 p.m. EDT, 7 p.m. PDT, ESPN+ PPV
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