Cyborg steps in vs Kunitskaya to save the show at UFC 222

NOTABLE NAMES: The pay-per-view card isn't as stacked as other recent shows in Boston and NY for the increasingly East Coast-centric UFC, but fans will recognize several undercard fighters: former title contenders John Dodson and Cat Zingano are on UFC 222, along with a bout between veterans C.B. Dollaway and Hector Lombard. The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be the site for UFC 222 [VIDEO], and betting odds, fight predictions, live streaming and the TV schedule start time are now available.

On Saturday, Justino will headline her second UFC pay-per-view in the last 65 days when she defends her women's featherweight championship against Yana Kunitskaya. Her last UFC victory was on December 30, 2017, when she defeated Holly Holm, the woman who shocked the world when she defeated Ronda Rousey, at UFC 219.

You can hear in Yana Kunitskaya's voice that she isn't caught up in the moment.

With a bit of a Tyson-Douglas feel, the 32-year-old Brazilian faces a 28-year-old opponent who, aside from the hardcore fan base, no one really knows. The odds have reflected such, as of Friday morning has installed Cyborg as -1900 favorite and Kunitskaya at +1025.

Cyborg (19-1, 1 NC) is hoping her willingness to fight on such short notice will be rewarded with a superfight with Amanda Nunes at UFC 226 if both are successful in their next bouts. Her opponent, Ashley Yoder, is 0-2 in the UFC. You can never have enough mountains, so I'm excited.

- A lot is on the line at UFC 222.

And what a main card it is.

Edgar, a former title holder, will be taking on the undefeated Brian Ortego in the co-feature. A featherweight championship bout between Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar was slated to top the card, but fell through when the former suffered an injury. The UFC needed a main event and came calling to Cyborg and Kunitskaya.

That means you'll be able to buy UFC fights, including Saturday's UFC 222, directly through Amazon, and you won't need to pay through an existing relationship with cable or satellite providers, like Comcast or Dish Network, or watch on a cable channel, like Fox Sports 1.

  • Rosalie Stanley