Cris Cyborg makes one of the tiniest turnarounds in her career when she places her UFC featherweight championship on the line vs Yana Kunitskaya in UFC 222 on March 3. Cyborg will go into this most important event among the greatest favorites that the UFC has seen in years.
However, once you get beyond the lopsided principal event, the remainder of the chief card is piled with tough-to-call, competitive bouts. At the time of this writing, none of the four fights on the most important card outside the title bout has a favorite larger than -190.
Cris Cyborg vs Yana Kunitskaya
We watch Cyborg (-1600) since she’s made a career out of destroying her enemies. Cyborg has always been among the most aggressive fighters in the business but the featherweight champion has learned to harness that and become much more patient. The real meat to her match is your jab, as Cyborg will throw the jab out until a competitor feels the need to fire back — then she’ll counter with rapid, fight-ending intentions.
Cyborg is a huge fighter that owns huge power for demanding work-related conflicts, though she’s technically well served in this region too. Her natural balance and core power produce takedown attempts typically ineffective.
Yana Kunitskaya (+800) is an unknown for many but she is far from a novice. The challenger has spent her whole life practicing martial arts and has a well-versed striking repertoire thanks for her extensive training in Muay Thai and taekwondo. Kunitskaya does her best work when she can dictate the speed and distance of a fight, working from the outside with her kicks.
Concerning grappling, Kunitskaya is solid although largely relies on her sneaky strength. The technique still hasn’t caught up fully, though there have been noticeable improvements. If Kunitskaya can get high hands on the floor, she moves well and has good ground and pound.
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