Cris Cyborg will look to continue her dominance as the best women’s fighter on the planet when she defends her UFC Featherweight Championship belt versus Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222. UFC 222 takes place on Saturday, March 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cyborg has a 19-1 record with 1 no-contest. 84% of her wins have come via either KO or TKO. In Cyborg’s last fight, she beat Holly Holm via unanimous decision. Cyborg lands 6.92 significant strikes per minute. Her opponent, Yana Kunitskaya, has a 10-3 record. Kunitskaya has won 70% of her bouts via KO or TKO.
Before Cyborg and Kuntiskaya throw down, #2 Frankie Edgar battles #3 Brian Ortega. At 13 and 0, the undefeated Ortega could take a huge step towards a championship fight by beating the legendary Frankie Edgar. Edgar has a 21-5-1 record. 54% of Ortega’s wins have come via submission. Can Ortega take the next step? Or, will Frankie prove he’s got gas left in the tank?
Also, on the UFC 222 Main Card is a battle between 9 and 0 Sean O’Malley and 13-5 Andre Soukhamthath. O’Malley is a straight brawler. He lands over 8 significant strikes per minute. He absorbs over 5 significant strikes per minute. O’Malley versus Soukhamthath should make for an entertaining, if not a long, battle.
Two veteran fighters throw down in the heavyweight division when #10 Stefan Struve, 32-9, takes on #12 Andrei Arlovski, 26-15. Although Struve is 8 inches taller and has a 7-inch reach advantage, we would be remiss to discount Arlovski’s chances. Andrei knows how to fight. Expect a battle on March 3 that could be the most discussed around water coolers come the following Monday.
The final fight on the UFC 222 Main Card has #6 Cat Zingano battling #5 Ketlen Vieira. Zingano has a 9-2 record. Vieira has a 9 and 0 record. The battle appears evenly matched with both landing over 2 significant strikes per minute. Zingano’s takedown accuracy is 87.5% while Viera defends against takedowns close to 91% of the time. Whomever wins the takedown battle might end up winning the match.
Cris Cyborg returns to the Octagon versus an opponent that could surprise. Will Cyborg continue to shine at UFC? Or, will her legend fall at the feet of Yana Kunitskaya? Turn into UFC 222 on March 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada to find out!
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