Cris Cyborg makes among the tiniest turnarounds in her profession when she puts her UFC featherweight championship at stake vs Yana Kunitskaya in UFC 222 on March 3. Cyborg will enter this most important event as one of the greatest favorites the UFC has seen in years.
However, once you get beyond the lopsided principal event, the remainder of the main card is stacked with tough-to-call, competitive bouts. At the time of this writing, none of the four fights on the most important card beyond the title bout has a favorite larger than -190.
Cris Cyborg vs Yana Kunitskaya
We observe Cyborg (-1600) because she’s made a career out of ruining her opponents. Cyborg has always been one of the most competitive fighters in the industry however, the featherweight champion has learned to harness that and become more individual. The real meat to her match is your jab, as Cyborg will relentlessly throw the jab out until a competitor feels the need to fire back then she’ll counter with rapid, fight-ending goals.
Cyborg is a huge fighter that owns huge strength for tough work-related conflicts, though she’s technically well served in this area as well. Her normal equilibrium and core strength produce takedown attempts typically ineffective.
Yana Kunitskaya (+800) is an unknown for many but she is far from a beginner. The challenger has spent her entire life practicing martial arts and contains a well-versed striking repertoire thanks to her extensive training in Muay Thai and taekwondo. Kunitskaya does her very best work when she can dictate the pace and space of a struggle, working from the outside with her shouts.
In terms of grappling, Kunitskaya is strong although largely depends upon her sneaky strength. The technique still has not caught up fully, though there were noticeable improvements. If Kunitskaya can get top control on the ground, she moves well and has great ground and pound.
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