The co-headliner is a title-eliminator at 145 pounds between the former lightweight king and longtime fan favorite, Frankie Edgar and risky up-and-comer, Brian Ortega. UFC 222 on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was not supposed to be this way, of course. Edgar was originally scheduled to face Max Holloway for the title in the main event at UFC 222, but the champ had to withdraw because of a leg injury.
You can hear in Yana Kunitskaya's voice that she isn't caught up in the moment.
If she beats Kunitskaya on Saturday the way just about everybody expects her to, Justino can make a viable argument that she's had the best run over the past nine months of any UFC fighter.
While not a very star-studded card, UFC 222 is one of the more interesting 2018 pay-per-views, at least from a betting standpoint. "You guys insane! I just fought, I need rest!'" Justino told ESPN. It may seem like a mismatch on paper, but if indeed the massive underdog Kunitskaya managed to do the unthinkable and dethrone the dominant Brazilian, could you live with yourself if you missed it? She has had trouble making weight in the past, so anticipation was high.
We all know exactly how good Cyborg is and how she will more-than-likely have the edge on Kunitskaya in every facet of her skill set but this is MMA, and to ignore the possibility of a shocking upset would simply be ridiculous.
While there have not been rankings since the division was born more than a year ago, Cyborg insists she is optimistic about the division's future.
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The 32-year-old's victory over Holm marked the first time she has gone the distance during her current nine-fight win streak. Ortega is taking the fight on short notice and helping saving this card, . Zingano is one of the few women to have defeated current UFC Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and she desperately wants to get another shot at Nunes. Sean O'Malley is a hot bantamweight prospect with impressive hair and a predilection for 1970s attire and music - and he doesn't get along with his opponent, Andre Soukhamthath.