The UFC heads to Denver this week for the first time in nearly six years, and a former champion headlines the card in front of her home fans.

Here’s how to watch UFC on ESPN 59 with women’s strawweights in the main event spot, plus welterweight and lightweight potential fireworks on the main card.

Broadcast and streaming info

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UFC on ESPN 59 has a main card that starts at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN. The preliminary card airs on ESPN and streams on ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET.

Stay tuned to MMA Junkie for further broadcast details this week.

Main event: Rose Namajunas

Record: 13-6 MMA, 105 UFC
Opponent: Tracy Cortez (11-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC)
Division: Women’s flyweight
Key wins: Paige VanZant, Tecia Pennington, Michelle Waterson-Gomez, Joanna Jedrzejczyk (twice), Jessica Andrade, Weili Zhang (twice), Amanda Ribas
Misc.: Namajunas lost her strawweight title to Carla Esparza in her second reign as champion. Her move to flyweight started with a loss to Manon Fiorot, but she bounced back against Amanda Ribas in March. Cortez is a late replacement for Maycee Barber.

Main event: Tracy Cortez

Tracy Cortez

Record: 11-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC
Opponent: Rose Namajunas (13-6 MMA, 10-5 UFC)
Division: Women’s flyweight
Key wins: Erin Blanchfield, Mariya Agapova, Stephaniee Egger, Melissa Gatto, Jasmine Jasudavicius
Misc.: Cortez stepped up for Maycee Barber for the short-notice fight, which would be the biggest win on her resume. She hasn’t lost since her pro debut.

Co-main event: Santiago Ponzinibbio

Apr 8, 2023; Miami, Florida, USA; Kevin Holland (red gloves) fights Santiago Ponzinibbio (blue gloves) during UFC 287 at Miami-Dade Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

Record: 29-7 MMA, 11-6 UFC
Opponent: Muslim Salikhov (19-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Key wins: Sean Strickland, Court McGee, Zak Cummings, Gunnar Nelson, Mike Perry, Neil Magny, Alex Morono
Misc.: After a seven-fight winning streak, it’s been tougher sledding for the Brazilian in the wake of a layoff of more than two years. Since January 2021, he’s dropped four of six fights.

Co-main event: Muslim Salikhov

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 03: (L-R) Muslim Salikhov of Russia punches Randy Brown of Jamaica in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 03, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Record: 19-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC
Opponent: Santiago Ponzinibbio (29-7 MMA, 11-6 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Key wins: Nordine Taleb, Elizeu Zaleski, Francisco Trinaldo
Misc.: Salikhov’s five-fight winning streak is a long way in the rearview mirror. He’s dropped three of four, though the one win, over Andre Fialho, was good for a $50,000 post-fight bonus.

UFC debut: Fatima Kline

Fatima Kline

Record: 6-0
Opponent: Jasmine Jasudavicius (10-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC)
Division: Women’s flyweight
Misc.: Beat Andressa Romero to win CFFC’s women’s flyweight title in February. Was set to fight on DWCS in September, but was plucked as a late replacement for Viviane Araujo.

UFC on ESPN 59 main card betting odds

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: (R-L) Ange Loosa of the Congo punches Bryan Battle in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on March 16, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

MAIN CARD (ESPN, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Rose Namajunas (-225) vs. Tracy Cortez (+185)
  • Santiago Ponzinibbio (-200) vs. Muslim Salikhov (+170)
  • Drew Dober (-110) vs. Jean Silva (-110)
  • Gabriel Bonfim (-400) vs. Ange Loosa (+300)
  • Julian Erosa (+185) vs. Christian Rodriguez (-225)
  • Abdul Razak Alhassan (-155) vs. Cody Brundage (+130)

UFC on ESPN 59 prelim betting odds

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  • Charles Johnson (+160) vs. Joshua Van (-190)
  • Fatima Kline (-130) vs. Jasmine Jasudavicius (+110)
  • Mariya Agapova (+225) vs. Luana Santos (-275)
  • Da’Mon Blackshear (+130) vs. Montel Jackson (-155)
  • Josh Fremd (-125) vs. Andre Petroski (+105)

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