Cris Cyborg saves the day, will headline UFC 222 vs. Yana Kunitskaya

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UFC 222 is now off life help since a brand new fundamental occasion has been discovered.

Sporting Information has confirmed a report from MMAFighting.com that Cris Cyborg will defend her ladies’s featherweight championship towards Yana Kunitskaya on March three.

Cyborg (19-1, 1NC) is unbeaten in her final 20 fights and final competed in UFC 219 in December, beating Holly Holm by unanimous choice.

Kunitskaya (10-three) is a former Invicta FC bantamweight champion, and makes her debut at one hundred forty five kilos. Kunitskaya had been scheduled to make her Octagon debut with Leah Letson at UFC on Fox 28 on Feb. 24. She is heading into the contest with a 2-2-1 report in her final 5 fights.

Initially, Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar have been set to  headline the present vying for the featherweight title. The struggle was canceled final week, as Holloway suffered an ankle damage. Edgar (22-5-1) will stay on the card and face rising prospect Brian Ortega (thirteen-zero, 1 NC) in the co-principal occasion. The winner is predicted to get the subsequent crack at Holloway.

After Holloway-Edgar fell by means of, the UFC tried to guide a rematch between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt for the bantamweight title. Garbrandt agreed to the contest, however Dillashaw refused to take it on brief discover. Sources informed SN that if a championship bout could not be made, then both the card would have been shifted to Fox Sports activities 1 or canceled. 

UFC 222 takes place from T-Cellular Area in Las Vegas. 

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