Cris Cyborg To Save UFC 222

UFC 222 gets knocked out but it gets up again, you’re never gonna keep it down!

After days of tense negotiations, the promotion announced that it has scheduled a women’s featherweight title match between Cris Cyborg and UFC newcomer Yana Kunitskaya as the main event.

A featherweight championship bout between Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar was originally scheduled to serve as the headliner but Holloway pulled out on February 3, due to a leg injury.

On the same day of Holloway’s withdrawal, the UFC reportedly pursued a bantamweight championship rematch between current king TJ Dillashaw and the man he dethroned, Cody Garbrandt, with the intention of making it the new main event.

However, Dillashaw declined the offer and cited a number of reasons for doing so: the recent birth of his first child, not having enough time for a proper training camp, his belief that Garbrandt doesn’t deserve a title shot yet, and the fact that he is targeting a flyweight championship challenge against the current champ Demetrious Johnson.

Luckily for the card, both Cyborg and Kunitskaya stepped up to the plate.


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Cyborg (19-1, 1 NC) is coming off her first defence of her featherweight crown, a unanimous decision victory over Holly Holm at UFC 219 in December. The human wrecking ball hasn’t even lost a professional MMA bout since her pro debut back in 2005!

Kunitskaya (10-3) is a former Invicta FC bantamweight champion who is not only making her UFC debut but is making the move up to 145 pounds, a weight division she hasn’t fought at since her knockout victory over Cindy Dandois back in 2010.


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the resemblance is uncanny…

As for the perpetually unlucky Frankie Edgar, he will now face Brian Ortega in a non-title fight in the co-main event. The winner will most likely to be next in line for a crack at the featherweight title.

The promotion has been incredibly unlucky these last few months: UFC 222 is their third PPV event since December to lose its original main event a month or less out from its commencement date.

What do you lads reckon? Does this hastily arranged bout save the card? Or is there another matchup you’d prefer to see as the main event? Let us know in the comments!