UFC 222: Cyborg saves day after Holloway injury

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That is what happens when Yana Kunitskaya is your challenger.

SOMEBODY'S GETTING SLEPT: Heavyweights Stefan Struve and Andrei Arlovski will meet on the pay-per-view portion of the undercard. In the co-main event former titleholder Frankie Edgar aims to halt the momentum of rising star Brian Ortega in the co-main event for the coveted No. 1 contender spot. Kunitskaya eked out a unanimous decision win over Raquel Pa'aluhi as a +125 underdog in her last outing at Invicta FC 25 to finally claim the Invicta FC bantamweight title on her third attempt. Dern got the submission, but it looked like she wanted nothing more than a knockout. Not all is lost, though.

The event is taking place inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Are we in for a legendary upset in the Octagon? Amazon is making UFC 222 available for $64.99.

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In this edition of UFC Countdown, go inside the lives and gyms of four featherweights preparing for UFC 222. This is what is particularly tough for the 28-year-old Russian. Very simply, Justino will have free rein to pressure Kunitskaya as much as she wants, and if she walks into Kunitskaya's best shot, it still probably won't be enough to put her away, put her down or even make her think twice about coming forward. Kunitskaya has some clean, snappy boxing, and she sprinkles in quality kicking offense from distance once she gets her jab and one-two going.

Cyborg agreed that she could tap the former boxing champion. On top of that, Holm's southpaw styling and elusive footwork made Justino a bit more tentative early on, which will not be the case with the far more conventional Kunitskaya. "Fighting is my job", she told Helwani when asked about facing such a feared opponent.

The fight was also a surprise to fans as it appeared that the UFC was building towards a champion-versus-champion fight between Cyborg and UFC women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, who planned on moving up to the featherweight division. "Sometimes we don't like to hear it and you start to compare yourself with other people, but my coaches are all with me and they tell me the truth".

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