UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya Results

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A featherweight championship bout between Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar was slated to top the card, but fell through when the former suffered an injury. Cyborg once again goes in as a heavy favourite (-1650) but she is not taking this fight lightly as Kunitskaya trains at the famed Jackson-Wink academy.

UFC 222 is a card that has been kind of overlooked due to the buzz that has been surrounding UFC 223 but upon closer inspection, you will see that there are more than a few reasons to tune in. Cyborg defended her title against former women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm at UFC 219 and won a hard-fought five-round battle. The champion has -1600 odds, while Kunitskaya is a +800 underdog. Ortega is one of several undefeated prospects on the card - a list that includes wild-striking weed enthusiast Sean O'Malley, emerging bantamweight contender Ketlen Vieira and highly touted Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Mackenzie Dern. If one were betting on UFC 222, the big money would be on Kunitskaya by submission in what would be nothing short of a monumental upset.

Originally, Kunitskaya was set to face Leah Leatson in the first non-title women's featherweight bout before she got the call to fight Cyborg. This is what is particularly tough for the 28-year-old Russian. "We're not used to seeing somebody this good at this high of a level who just destroys the competition every, single time she fights".

Cyborg has also attempted to venture into the sport of professional boxing, as she has been granted a boxing license in the state of California. "If somebody knocks on your door and says, 'Hey, Cris, I'm going to kick your ass, ' you can't say, 'OK, I need a 10-minute break and then we'll go'". "We saw she didn't have problems with any of those things", Smith said about Cyborg.

Who were the top performers and who do you think will have the worst post-fight hangover? "Time's ticking and I want to get in there". However, even an incarnation of "Cyborg" in less-than-ideal shape presents as stylistic poison for Kunitskaya.

Recently there were rumors that Conor McGregor had thrown his hat into the ring to replace Holloway and fight Edgar, something Edgar would have loved to materialize, and something many fans have always wanted to see.

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