Cris Cyborg makes among the shortest turnarounds in her career when she places her UFC featherweight championship at stake vs Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222 on March 3. Cyborg will enter this most important event as one of the greatest favorites that the UFC has seen in years.
However, once you get past the lopsided main event, the rest of the main card is piled with tough-to-call, competitive bouts. In the time of this writing, none of the four conflicts on the most important card outside the title bout has a favorite larger than -190.
Cris Cyborg vs Yana Kunitskaya
We observe Cyborg (-1600) because she’s made a career from 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 much more individual. The actual meat to her match is your jab, as Cyborg will throw the jab out before an opponent feels the necessity to fire back — then she’ll counter with rapid, fight-ending goals.
Cyborg is a massive fighter that owns huge strength for tough work-related conflicts, though she is technically well served in this region as well. Her natural equilibrium and core power produce takedown attempts typically ineffective.
Yana Kunitskaya (+800) is an unknown for many but she is far from a novice. The challenger has spent her whole life practicing martial arts and contains a well-versed striking repertoire due to her extensive training in Muay Thai and taekwondo. Kunitskaya does her very best work when she can dictate the pace and distance of a struggle, working from the outside with her kicks.
Concerning grappling, Kunitskaya is solid but largely depends upon her sneaky strength. The technique still has not caught up entirely, though there were noticeable improvements. If Kunitskaya can acquire top control on the ground, she moves well and has great ground and pound.
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