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UFC 222 Cris Cyborg vs Yana Kunitskaya Fight Pick & Preview

Who's fighting at UFC 222? Who's the main event?  These are two questions I've been getting recently.  And, I can't blame the casual MMA fan for not knowing.  UFC 222 had a huge drop in interest once Max Holloway got hurt and Cris Cyborg vs Yana Kunitskaya got elevated to the main event.  It's not really main event worthy, but, it should still be interesting.  Last year I went 10-2 in main event fight picks making a lot of people a lot of money, and that's probably why you're here! So, let's get into these two fighters and then I'll make my fight pick for UFC 222: Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya.  

Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino is 19-1 overall in MMA.  In the UFC, since they've created a division just for her, she's 4-0.  The competition hasn't been all that stiff. She's looking like the stand/striking MMA version of Ronda Rousey. There's a lot of hype that's built up, but mostly it's been built up because of sub par competition.  Make no mistake about it though, Cyborg is tough, and she can bang! 

Yana Kunitskaya is 10-3 in MMA but has not fought in the UFC. Yana is 2-2 with a no contest in her last 5.  Not exactly main event title shot material, but, here we are.  Yana has a punchers chance, 7 of those 10 wins have come via KO/TKO.  The competition, questionable at best, but nevertheless she can put another woman to sleep.  

On paper, Yana has zero chance at beating Cyborg.  Luckily for her, fights aren't fought on paper.  You just never know.  I wouldn't be the house on her, but if you're a high risk gambler, this could be Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas.  Officially though, I'm taking Cyborg for the win.  

What are your thoughts on UFC 222: Cris Cyborg vs Yana Kuniskaya?