UFC 222 Fight

UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya Odds, Tickets, Predictions and Pre-Weigh-in Hype

A women’s featherweight title fight between Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Yana Kunitskaya isn’t exactly the main event that UFC brass envisioned for UFC 222, but it’s the one that’s going to have to do.

When a title fight between Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar fell through due to an injury to Holloway, the UFC was left to put together a short-notice main event that would attract viewers.

Fortunately, Cyborg, as her nickname might suggest, is usually prepared to offer up more violence when called upon, so viewers will get another title defense against Invicta FC featherweight champion Kunitskaya.

Edgar is still on the card despite the loss of Holloway. He’s one-half of the co-main event. Undefeated Brian Ortega will meet him in a high-profile featherweight bout that could determine who next challenges Holloway for his title.

Here’s a look at the entire card along with odds and predictions for the biggest fights.

Main Card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET)

Cris Cyborg (-1600) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (+800) – women’s featherweight championship

Frankie Edgar (-175) vs. Brian Ortega (+145) – featherweight

Sean O’Malley (+115) vs. Andre Soukhamthath (-150) – bantamweight

Andrei Arlovski (+155) vs. Stefan Struve (-190) – heavyweight

Ketlen Vieira (-160) vs. Cat Zingano (+130) – women’s bantamweight

Prelims (Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET)

Mackenzie Dern (-450) vs. Ashley Yoder (+325) – women’s strawweight

Beneil Dariush (-375) vs. Alexander Hernandez (+285) – lightweight

John Dodson (-170) vs. Pedro Munhoz (+140) – bantamweight

CB Dolloway (+120) vs. Hector Lombard (-150) – middleweight

Prelims (Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET)

Zak Ottow (-280) vs. Mike Pyle (+220) – welterweight

Bryan Caraway (+130) vs. Cody Stamann (-160) – bantamweight

Jordan Johnson (-305) vs. Adam Milstead (+235) – light heavyweight

Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya

Kunitskaya is trying to sell this fight.

“I know that she’s strong, but I don’t think she has that strong of knockout power,” Kunitskaya said, per Mike Bohn and John Morgan of MMAjunkie. “She has no clean knockouts where girls go down, like Holly (Holm) have. But yes, she’s very tough. She finishes all the fights by technical knockout. I think I’m strong, too, strong enough to compare with her.”

To say Cyborg doesn’t have “that strong of knockout power” is akin to saying Tom Brady doesn’t throw “that good of a spiral.”

It’s difficult to find fighters that can challenge Cyborg in any real way. Her combination of power, speed and technical skill is too much for most fighters in the division to handle.