Cris Cyborg makes among the tiniest turnarounds in her profession when she places her UFC featherweight championship at stake vs Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222 on March 3. Cyborg will go into this most important event as one of the greatest favorites that the UFC has seen in years.
However, when you get beyond the lopsided principal event, the rest of the main card is stacked with tough-to-call, aggressive bouts. In the time of this writing, none of the four conflicts on the main card outside the title bout has a favorite bigger than -190.
Cris Cyborg vs Yana Kunitskaya
We watch Cyborg (-1600) because she’s made a career out of ruining her enemies. Cyborg has ever been one of the most aggressive fighters in the industry but the featherweight champion has learned to harness that and become more individual. The real meat to her game is your jab, as Cyborg will throw the jab out before a competitor feels the necessity to fire back then she will counter with quick, fight-ending goals.
Cyborg is a massive fighter who owns huge strength for demanding clinch battles, though she is technically well served in this region too. Her natural balance and core power produce takedown attempts typically unsuccessful.
Yana Kunitskaya (+800) is an unknown to many but she’s far from a novice. The challenger has spent her whole life practicing martial arts and contains a well-versed striking repertoire due for her extensive training in Muay Thai and taekwondo. Kunitskaya does her best work when she can dictate the speed and space of a fight, working from the outside with her kicks.
Concerning grappling, Kunitskaya is strong but largely relies on her sneaky strength. The technique still hasn’t caught up entirely, though there have been noticeable improvements. If Kunitskaya can get top hands on the ground, she moves well and has good ground and pound.
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