Cris Cyborg makes one of the tiniest turnarounds in her profession when she puts her UFC featherweight championship at stake vs Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222 on March 3. Cyborg will go into this main event as one of the biggest favorites that the UFC has seen in years.
However, when you get past the lopsided main event, the remainder of the main card is piled with tough-to-call, aggressive bouts. In the time of this writing, none of the four conflicts on the main card outside the title bout has a favorite larger than -190.
Cris Cyborg vs Yana Kunitskaya
We observe Cyborg (-1600) since she’s made a profession out of ruining her opponents. Cyborg has ever been one of the most competitive fighters in the industry but the featherweight champion has learned to harness that and become more patient. The real meat to her match is the jab, as Cyborg will throw the jab out until an opponent feels the need to fire back then she will counter with rapid, fight-ending goals.
Cyborg is a huge fighter that owns huge strength for tough clinch battles, though she’s technically well served in this area as well. Her normal equilibrium and core power make takedown attempts typically unsuccessful.
Yana Kunitskaya (+800) is an unknown for many but she’s far from a novice. The challenger has spent her whole life practicing martial arts and contains a well-versed striking repertoire thanks to her extensive training in Muay Thai and taekwondo. Kunitskaya does her best work when she can dictate the pace and distance of a struggle, working from the outside with her shouts.
In terms of grappling, Kunitskaya is solid although largely depends upon her sneaky strength. The technique still hasn’t caught up fully, though there have been noticeable improvements. If Kunitskaya can acquire high hands on the ground, she moves well and has good ground and pound.
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