UFC 222 Cheat Sheet: Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Another month, another UFC pay-per-view event affected by injury.
February’s UFC 221 in Perth, Australia, was hit hard when Aussie champ Robert Whittaker was forced out of a title defense against Luke Rockhold by multiple injuries.
UFC 222 this weekend has suffered a similar fate. Four weeks ago, featherweight champion Max Holloway pulled out of a main-event title defense against Frankie Edgar, due to a bum ankle.
Saturday’s card is now headlined by women’s featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino, taking on a virtually unknown challenger in Yana Kunitskaya.
The UFC is used to rolling with punches, though, and the stakes are very real for Justino. ESPN’s Cheat Sheets are here to take a closer look at the event.
UFC 222: Card, Odds, Prediction And Draft Kings Picks From Saturday’s Card
The UFC heads back to its signature venue on Saturday when the T-Mobile Arena hosts UFC 222. UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg will defend her title against newcomer Yana Kunitskaya in the main event with Frankie Edgar taking on Brian Ortega in an epic featherweight clash.
UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on March 3, 2018, at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area.
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Headlining UFC 222 tonight is, according to the betting lines, one of the biggest mismatches in UFC title history. The tilt features Cris Cyborg, putting her featherweight title on the line, against UFC debutante Yana Kunitskaya, who briefly held the Invicta bantamweight belt last year.
It’s expected that Cyborg will demonstrate once again why she has been the most dominant female mixed martial artist on the planet. However, anything can happen in this sport, and if Kunitskaya can find her way to victory, this will be one of the most shocking and memorable nights (for hardcores) in recent memory.
The co-main event features Frankie Edgar, who was previously in the headline slot opposite the now-injured featherweight champion Max Holloway, looking to hold his number one contender status versus the surging, and undefeated, Brian Ortega. The winner of this bout will almost certainly be in line for a title shot. Will it be Edgar (again) or is Ortega really the next big thing at 145lbs?
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The remainder of the PPV card would make a great FOX card. For $65, the UFC might be asking a little too much for the exciting, yet largely unknown, combination of Sean O’Malley and Andre Soukhamthath (who fight at bantamweight). Also on the card is Stefan Struve vs. Andrei Arlovski, which somehow has never happened before and Cat Zingano returning against hot prospect Ketlen Vieira.
The FS1 prelims features four fights tonight. That card is headlined by BJJ ace Mackenzie Dern making her Octagon debut against Ashley Yoder (at strawweight). The rest of the card has Beneil Dariush vs. late replacement Alexander Hernandez (lightweight), John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz (bantamweight), and C.B. Dollaway vs. Hector Lombard (middleweight).
UFC 222 is live tonight and the women’s featherweight title on the line. In the co-main, the next challenger for the men’s featherweight title will likely be revealed.
The Fight Pass early prelims include three fights. Those are headlined by Mike Pyle’s ‘retirement fight’ against Zak Ottow in the welterweight division. Rounding out the card are bantamweights Bryan Caraway and Cody Stamann, and light heavyweights Jordan Johnson and Adam Milstead.