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UFC 222 Betting Preview: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya Odds, Trends, Card Analysis

04 March 2018

Kunitskaya has fought at featherweight before, scoring a first-round TKO of Cindy Dandois more than seven years ago. I know this is MMA.

Under this model, each fight card feels less compelling than the one that came before it and public interest appears to be at it's lowest point in well over a decade.

Dominant women's champ Cris Cyborg welcomes striker Yana Kunitskaya to the UFC.

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That knock on the door is coming from Kunitskaya (10-3), a personable Russian bantamweight making her UFC debut at featherweight. In fact, she laughs when I suggest that she probably felt ready the first time she put the gloves on. She accepted the fight back then but was denied a visa to travel to the USA multiple times. But Kunitskaya also trains in New Mexico with Holm, who caused a modicum of trouble for the seemingly unbeatable Cyborg in their holiday matchup. Stamann managed to steal some considerable wind from the sails of the highly-rated French prospect Tom Duquesnoy in his last outing, a true upset given the hype surrounding his opponent and with Caraway's position just shy of the top five, look to the victor of this one to make some serious strides towards a title challenge.

"Since I took the fight so quick, I think people are going to want to see how she'll do on short notice", Justino said.

Cyborg did end the interview, however, by commenting that if Ronda Rousey didn't want to face her in UFC, she doesn't think Rousey would allow the confrontation to happen in WWE either. The co-main event of the night features Frankie "The Answer" Edgar taking on Brian "T-City" Ortega to determine who will be the next in line to take on Max Holloway for his belt once he is healthy!

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With Cyborg and Kunitskaya booked, and Nunes reportedly defending her title against Raquel Pennington at UFC 224 in Brazil, the superfight will have to wait. "For me, if I can punch and kick and be respected standing up too, that's awesome, because if I wanted to just do jiu-jitsu, I would just stay in jiu-jitsu". "I haven't fought in nearly a year".

"I've got nothing scheduled". The Los Angeles-area native is an exceptional jiu-jitsu player, but his last two fights turned into standup brawls.

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UFC 222 Betting Preview: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya Odds, Trends, Card Analysis