UFC 222 breakdown, betting odds and picks

Posted March 04, 2018

She's a professional. She's more professional than I was when I was there.

"Since I took the fight so quick, I think people are going to want to see how she'll do on short notice", Justino said.

"With Yana, the commission told her she's a big girl".

Well, ahead of her fight against Yana Kunitskaya, Cris Cyborg spoke to TMZ and was asked about Ronda Rousey joining WWE, and the likelihood of a clash between the pair, in the Octagon or the squared circle. "I'm happy to meet someone strong and that's a new challenge". Evinger previously secured a second-round rear-naked choke submission of Kunitskaya at Invicta FC 22 a little less than a year ago to win the bantamweight title.

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Cyborg won by unanimous decision in the first defence of her UFC crown, topping Holly Holm at UFC 219 as a -285 wager, and takes a 19-1 professional MMA record into Saturday night's Kunitskaya vs. Cyborg UFC matchup at T-Mobile Arena.

"The UFC contacted my manager because one of the fighters had an injury and could not fight and they called me and asked if I'd like to fight".

- Is Frankie Edgar an all-time great in the UFC? I did this for the team and I think that this is going to be an fantastic fight for all of my fans.

Despite some shuffling at the top of the card, UFC 222's 12 scheduled bouts are sure to bring some classic fireworks and gritty performance in Las Vegas. I would have much rather seen UFC Women's Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes vs Cyborg in a super fight, but the UFC seems to want to make us all wait. "Maybe they're not even a champion yet, but if their confidence is through the roof, it's really hard to fight someone like that".

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Elsewhere, the retirement fight of the veteran Mike Pyle, the return of Beneil Dariush and a fun scrap between Hector Lombard and C. B Dolloway can be found, and while the card as a whole may lack the glitz and glamour of April's UFC 222, there are more than enough reasons to be found in its selection of fights to tune in when Saturday night comes around.

"I always say I'm not a fighter, I'm a lover (Laughs), so I prefer to leave the fight with the least amount of damage possible", Dern continues.

Check below to find picks from Las Vegas Sun's Ray Brewer (17-5 year to date), KSNV's Randy Howe (16-6), ESPN Radio's Steve Cofield (14-8) and Las Vegas Sun's Case Keefer (14-8) along with odds and breakdowns on every fight. We breakdown what's at stake in the key fights. The UFC needed a main event and came calling to Cyborg and Kunitskaya.

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