UFC events like UFC 222's match-up between Cyborg and Yana Kunitskaya happen almost every month and have previously been the domain of cable services. I won't tell you what I weighed, that's a secret, but it was good enough to take the fight.
She stepped in on short notice to save the card after featherweight champion Max Holloway got hurt, and that's got her firmly in the good graces of her bosses. I have a team that's really honest with me and I think that's the most important thing. With such monstrously lopsided odds and the MMA mythos that "anything can happen", the real question becomes whether or not there is anything about Kunitskaya's game that could make lightning strike and allow her to author one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport.
The fight was also a surprise to fans as it appeared that the UFC was building towards a champion-versus-champion fight between Cyborg and UFCwomen's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, who planned on moving up to the featherweightdivision. When Endeavor bought UFC in '16, sale documents valued UFC media rights at $450M per year, but Endeavor sources have said they never expected to hit that number.
The odds were stacked against UFC 222 from the beginning, and now the top of betting boards across the valley reflect as much. Cyborg, Kunitskaya, Edgar, Ortega, and any standout fighters may attend the presser.
Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya in a female featherweight title bout will serve as the headliner while Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega in a featherweight bout will serve as the co-main event.
For those who may not remember, former UFCwomen's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey made a lot of headlines a few years ago by stating that she'd easily beat the boxing great in a street fight.
The 32-year-old's victory over Holm marked the first time she has gone the distance during her current nine-fight win streak. "But if you've got an idea that you think would work well with me, give me a call".
While Cyborg has been a draw for the UFC, this fight against Kunitskaya appears to be pretty lopsided.
Even Justino is interested to see how she will do in less-than-ideal circumstances.