Las Vegas, Nevada (Thu, March 2, 2018)– UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya will take place on March 3, 2018 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will air on PPV while the prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Cat Zingano vs Ketlen Vieira
This is a fun fight, not a great one in my opinion to kick off a Pay-per-view. (#6) Zingano has one of the most impressive resumes in the Bantamweight division. She has KO/TKO wins against former champion Miesha Tate and current champion, Amanda Nunes. Her two UFC losses come from (#11) Ronda Rousey and (#3) Julianna Pena. The knock on Zingano from many experts is her layoff from the cage, last fighting in July of 2016 at UFC 200. Personally, I don’t mind the lay-offs as many do. (#5) Vieira is on has won all three of her UFC bouts, most recently to (#8) Sara McMann at UFC 215. I prefer to pick at least one underdog on each card and Zingano is the betting underdog.
Pick: Zingano via Unanimous Decision
(#10) Stefan Struve vs (#12) Andrei Arlovski
Let’s address the elephant in the room here. This is a fight of MMA dinosaurs that have certainly seen better times in the octogan. While (#10) Struve does have a victory over current champion Stipe Miocic, he hasn’t looked great as of late. Struve’s record will show that he performs well during many of his fights until he fights a higher level of competition. (#12) Arlovski is coming off of a much-needed win after losing five straight losses. That type of losing streak will get most cut from their UFC contract but it is hard to cut a guy with the history in the company and accomplishments he has. Regardless of the winner, I don’t think either guy is making a run at the title anytime soon, or ever.
Pick: Arlovski via KO/TKO (Round 3)
(#2) Frankie Edgar vs (#3) Brian Ortega
I would prefer this to be the main event so it can be a five round fight but I understand how that’s a tough sell having a non title fight headline with a title fight serve as the co-main event. This fight came together last minute due to champion Max Holloway suffering a leg injury. Stylistically, this is a great fight. Frankie has who most believe to be the best striking coach in the sport, Mark Henry. Brian Ortega’s stand up doesn’t exactly blow your hair back but his Jiu Jitsu truly is next level and a thing of beauty. I think Frankie controls where this fight goes and controls most positions, even on the ground.
Pick: Edgar via KO/TKO (Round 3)
(C) Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Can we stop feeding the baddest woman on the planet these girls? Yeah yeah, I know, anyone has a punchers chance at this level but let’s be real. The only problem I have with this fight is that both Cyborg and the UFC are saying they want to build the women’s featherweight division but how are you building the division before allowing these younger fighters to give themselves a name? Spoiler alert, you can’t. The UFC needs to invest in telling these fighters stories before you run into another Amanda Nunes situation. The UFC invested all marketing on the Ronda Rousey return, Nunes destroys her, and now you have a champion that no one knows. You see my point here right?
Pick: Cyborg via KO/TKO (Round 4)
I think this fight should be a fight night on FOX or FS1. I have a hard time spending 64.99 on a card this underwhelming. This card does not clear 150,00 Pay-per-view buys.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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