UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya fight date, card, start time, preview

The UFC makes their 2018 Las Vegas debut on Saturday, March three, as UFC 222 takes place from the T-Cellular Area. 

The primary occasion options Cris Cyborg defending her ladies’s featherweight championship towards Yana Kunitskaya. 

Within the co-primary occasion, in featherweight motion, former light-weight champion and two-time featherweight title challenger Frankie Edgar (21-5-1) fights Brian Ortega (thirteen-zero, 1NC). 

Whereas UFC 222 has a brand new fundamental occasion that is not anticipated to be shut, it does have the best feminine fighter of all-time within the headlining place. The cardboard now has a greater co-headliner with an undercard combined with veterans and younger prospects. 

(All occasions Japanese.)

UFC 222 date, start time

The primary preliminary fight is obtainable for UFC.com’s Fight Cross members starting at 6:30 p.m. The remaining preliminary fights may be seen on Fox Sports activities 1 starting at eight p.m. Pay-per-view protection begins at 10 p.m. Rockhold and Romero ought to enter the Octagon at round 12:15 a.m.

The best way to watch UFC 222 

The fundamental card on pay-per-view might be bought for $sixty four.ninety nine. For extra info on tips on how to order UFC 222 Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya, contact your TV supplier. You may as well stay-stream UFC 222 and the Cyborg vs. Kunitskya major card on UFC.TV for $sixty four.ninety nine.

UFC 222 fight card

Primary card

  • Cris Cyborg (c) vs. Yana Kunitskaya for the UFC Ladies’s Featherweight title
  • Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega; Featherweights
  • Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath; Bantamweights
  • Stefan Struve vs. Andrei Arlovski; Heavyweights
  • Cat Zingano vs. Ketlen Vieira; Ladies’s Bantamweights

Preliminary Card 

  • Ashley Yoder vs. Mackenzie Dern; Ladies’s Strawweights
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Alexander Hernandez; Lightweights
  • John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz; Bantamweights
  • C. B. Dollaway vs. Hector Lombard; Middleweights 
  • Mike Pyle vs. Zak Ottow; Welterweights
  • Bryan Caraway vs. Cody Stamann; Bantamweights
  • Jordan Johnson vs. Adam Milstead; Mild Heavyweights

UFC 222 preview

The unique most important occasion was Max Holloway defending the featherweight title towards Frankie Edgar. Holloway needed to bow out of the fight on account of a leg damage. After a number of days of uncertainty of whether or not Edgar would keep on the present, the undefeated Ortega agreed to a brand new UFC contract and took the bout. 

The UFC nonetheless wanted a headlining fight; the corporate tried to guide a rematch between bantamweight titleholder TJ Dillashaw towards former champion Cody Garbrandt. Whereas Garbrandt accepted the bout, Dillashaw refused. He stated the current delivery of his first baby, not presently coaching and believing that Garbrandt did not deserve a rematch right now. So, the UFC reached out to Cyborg and Kunitskaya and the bout was shortly made.

Cyborg (19-1, 1NC) could have the shortest turnaround in her profession by going sixty three days between her UFC 219 unanimous choice victory over Holly Holm.

Kunitskaya (10-three, 1NC) is the previous Invicta FC bantamweight champion, having defeated earlier Cyborg opponent Tonya Evinger in Mar. 2017. She made one protection of her title, defeating Raquel Pa’aluhi again in August.

Up to now, Cyborg’s preventing fashion not being suited to go 5 rounds was a serious knock on her recreation. She altered the narrative within the Holm fight by altering her fashion and turning into extra of an entire fighter. If Kunitskaya goes to win, she’s going to should win by knockout: the 28-yr-previous has seven knockouts in her 10 victories.

Will Kunitskaya be capable of do the unthinkable and defeat somebody who many fight pundits really feel at this level is unbeatable?

Steven Muehlhausen is an MMA and boxing author and contributor for Sporting Information. You possibly can take heed to his podcast, “The Fight Junkies” right here . You’ll be able to e mail him at [email protected] and may discover him on Twitter @SMuehlhausenMMA .