Cris Cyborg makes among the tiniest turnarounds in her career when she puts her UFC featherweight championship on the line vs Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222 on March 3. Cyborg will go into this most important event as one of the biggest favorites the UFC has seen in years.
However, when you get past the lopsided principal event, the remainder of the chief card is piled with tough-to-call, competitive bouts. In the time of this writing, none of the four fights on the main card beyond the title bout has a favorite bigger than -190.
Cris Cyborg vs Yana Kunitskaya
We observe Cyborg (-1600) since she has made a profession out of destroying her enemies. Cyborg has always been among the most competitive fighters in the business however, the featherweight champion has learned to harness that and become more patient. The actual meat to her game is your jab, as Cyborg will throw the jab out until a competitor feels the need to fire back then she will counter with quick, fight-ending goals.
Cyborg is a massive fighter who owns huge strength for demanding work-related conflicts, though she’s technically well served in this area too. Her normal balance and core strength make takedown attempts typically ineffective.
Yana Kunitskaya (+800) is an unknown to many but she’s far from a beginner. The challenger has spent her whole life practicing martial arts and has a well-versed striking repertoire due for her extensive training in Muay Thai and taekwondo. Kunitskaya does her very best work when she can dictate the pace and distance of a struggle, 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 acquire high hands on the floor, she moves well and has good ground and pound.
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