Kunitskaya called out Cyborg in a tweet on January 25 and after Max Holloway was forced to withdraw from the UFC 222 main event with an ankle injury, she was booked against Cyborg in a replacement main event. In the co-main event former titleholder Frankie Edgar aims to halt the momentum of rising star Brian Ortega in the co-main event for the coveted No. 1 contender spot. The daughter of a Brazilian jiu-jitsu master, Dern (5-0) is a world champion who only picked up MMA two years ago, but already has hardcore fans wondering how quickly she can subdue the strawweight division.
The aforementioned championship headliner should be fun for as long as it lasts, and Frankie Edgar will fight Brian Ortega for the right to face streaking Hawaiian champion Max Holloway later this year.
Since the latter is making her UFC debut, is moving up from bantamweight for this contest, and is taking on one of the greatest female fighters of all time, Kunitskaya is a massive underdog.
Now, Amazon is looking to take its foray into live sports further, with pay-per-view showings of UFC weekend fights. The odds have reflected such, as of Friday morning bookmaker.eu has installed Cyborg as -1900 favorite and Kunitskaya at +1025.More news: Warren Buffett doesn't play on Wall Street when you do
"It was insane because that fight, I was real excited", she said.
Follow along for full UFC 222 live results and fight stats. Sean O'Malley is a hot bantamweight prospect with impressive hair and a predilection for 1970s attire and music - and he doesn't get along with his opponent, Andre Soukhamthath. Zingano is one of the few women to have defeated current UFC Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and she desperately wants to get another shot at Nunes. Her weight cuts were brutal and risky, and even as she ran through opponents there was a feeling that audiences weren't getting to see the best version of Justino.
However, considering she comes from one of the best gyms in the world (Jackson Wink MMA Academy) and given the fact that she trains with the only fighter ever to go five rounds with Cyborg, she has the potential to shock the world tonight.
You can hear in Yana Kunitskaya's voice that she isn't caught up in the moment.