Cris Cyborg makes one of the shortest turnarounds in her career when she puts her UFC featherweight championship on the line vs Yana Kunitskaya in UFC 222 on March 3. Cyborg will enter this most important event as one of the greatest favorites that the UFC has seen in years.
However, when you get past the lopsided main event, the remainder of the chief card is stacked with tough-to-call, competitive bouts. At the time of this writing, none of the four conflicts on the main card outside the title bout has a popular bigger than -190.
Cris Cyborg vs Yana Kunitskaya
We watch Cyborg (-1600) since she’s made a career out of ruining her enemies. Cyborg has ever been one of the most competitive fighters in the business however, the featherweight champion has learned to exploit that and become much more individual. The actual meat to her match is your jab, as Cyborg will relentlessly throw the jab out before a competitor feels the necessity to fire back — then she’ll counter with quick, fight-ending goals.
Cyborg is a massive fighter who owns huge power for tough work-related conflicts, though she is technically well served in this region as well. Her normal equilibrium and core power make takedown attempts typically ineffective.
Yana Kunitskaya (+800) is an unknown to many but she’s far from a novice. The challenger has spent her whole life practicing martial arts and has a well-versed striking repertoire due for her extensive training in Muay Thai and taekwondo. Kunitskaya does her best work when she can dictate the pace and distance of a fight, working from the outside with her shouts.
Concerning grappling, Kunitskaya is strong although largely depends upon her sneaky strength. The technique still has not caught up entirely, though there have been noticeable improvements. If Kunitskaya can get top control on the floor, she moves well and has great ground and pound.
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