Edgar could have waited for his featherweight title shot when Holloway returns from injury this summer, but the 36-year-old veteran made a decision to risk it all by fighting Ortega, a risky contender. "But you know me". It is not just that Justino is a "better" fighter in an abstract sense or that she is a physical monster, but rather that Kunitskaya's strengths figure to be completely neutralized by what the champion brings to the table. I said that I needed to check my weight, train first and see how I'm feeling. Debuting strawweight Mackenzie Dern spends time in Southern California before kicking off her first UFCfight week.
Having produced UFC champions, contenders and top prospects, Glendale's MMA Lab is the ideal place for Dern to learn her craft and keep her focused on developing her entire game. Cyborg is now the biggest betting favourite in UFC history.
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.
UFC 222 will feature featherweight champion Cris "Cyborg" Santos (19-1, 1 NC) defending her title for the second time in 63 days when she takes on Yana Kunitskaya (10-3, 1 NC).
"I would try my grappling for him", Cyborg said to TMZ Sports. "First thing I would try is a double leg (before tapping him)". She is a BJJ purple belt world champion and received her brown belt from multiple time black belt world champ and all-time great Andre Galvao. She had -1700 odds when she defended her women's bantamweight title against Bethe Correia at UFC 190 on August 1, 2015.
"I think we don't have so many girls yet because this division is really new and I think that the 145-pound division is going to be the biggest division for women's MMA, because a lot of girls cut a lot of weight and now with the commission, you have to be closer to weight", Cyborg told The TSN MMA Show.
"I always say I'm not a fighter, I'm a lover (Laughs), so I prefer to leave the fight with the least amount of damage possible", Dern continues. With zero disrespect to Kunitskaya, she has no business being in this fight. While MMA will never truly have the feel of a glorified sparring match, Cyborg taking this fight on just three weeks' notice has the feel of a champion being able to capitalize on an opportunity.