Cris Cyborg makes one of the shortest turnarounds in her career when she puts her UFC featherweight championship on the line vs Yana Kunitskaya in UFC 222 on March 3. Cyborg will go into this main event among the biggest favorites the UFC has seen in years.
However, once you get beyond the lopsided main event, the rest of the main card is stacked with tough-to-call, competitive bouts. In the time of this writing, none of the four conflicts on the most important card beyond the title bout has a popular bigger than -190.
Cris Cyborg vs Yana Kunitskaya
We observe Cyborg (-1600) since she has made a career from ruining her enemies. Cyborg has ever been one of the most competitive fighters in the business but the featherweight champion has learned to harness that and become more patient. The actual meat to her game is your jab, as Cyborg will relentlessly throw the jab out before a competitor feels the necessity to fire back then she will counter with rapid, fight-ending goals.
Cyborg is a massive fighter that possesses huge strength for tough clinch battles, though she’s technically well served in this region as well. Her natural balance and core strength produce takedown attempts typically unsuccessful.
Yana Kunitskaya (+800) is an unknown for many but she’s far from a beginner. The challenger has spent her entire life practicing martial arts and has a well-versed striking repertoire thanks for her extensive training in Muay Thai and taekwondo. Kunitskaya does her best work when she can dictate the pace and distance of a fight, working from the outside with her shouts.
In terms of grappling, Kunitskaya is strong but largely depends upon her sneaky strength. The technique still hasn’t caught up entirely, though there were noticeable improvements. If Kunitskaya can acquire high hands on the ground, she moves well and has good ground and pound.
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