Cyborg Looks To Continue To Dominate At UFC 222
For years, the idea of Cris Cyborg walking into the octagon would be that of a fantasy, or a created character in a UFC game. Yet, in 2018, it is not only a reality, but a constant for both Cyborg and the UFC. As fighters, such as Miesha Tate, have walked away from the sport, and Ronda Rousey changed professions from fighter to wrestler, Cyborg has become the face of the UFC’s women’s division.
As she walks into her fifth fight under the UFC banner, and her third title defense, Cyborg recognizes that she is a draw, as she is main-evening against a relatively unknown Yana Kunitskaya, who up until March 3rd has never fought in the UFC.
Cyborg stepped in at the last minute to give UFC 222 a main event following Max Holloway pulling out of his featherweight title defense against Frankie Edgar. One would think that with a victory in the octagon, and a victory of a high buy-rate, the Brazilian champion may be able to utilize that leverage into a fight with Amanda Nunes, the UFC’s bantamweight champion.
Cyborg made it her side-job to hound Nunes and the UFC on social media, demanding they make a “super-fight” against Nunes, with hopes of placing it on the upcoming UFC 226, when heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic defends his title against light heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier.
This fight would make a great addition to the UFC 226 card, although ti could be considered a main event on another pay-per-view. As a semi-main event for a show featuring two of the top fighters in the sport, those in the community might complain about a lack of new stars in the UFC.
With rumors of Conor McGregor’s return in the fall and a Brock Lesnar comeback, might be reasons to not have a Cyborg-Nunes fight on the UFC 226 card.
There are many questions and not a lot of answers in regards to the future of the UFC, especially with negotiations for a television contract at an asking price of $400 million dollars. The UFC may see the future take shape at UFC 222 if Cris Cyborg continues to prove she is a main event draw.
Below is the full card for UFC 222.
Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega
Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath
Stefan Struve vs. Andrei Arlovski
Cat Zingano vs. Ketlen Vieira
Ashley Yoder vs. Mackenzie Dern
Beneil Dariush vs. Alexander Hernandez
John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz
C.B. Dollaway vs. Hector Lombard
Mike Pyle vs. Zak Ottow
Bryan Caraway vs. Cody Stamann
Jordan Johnson vs. Adam Milstead