UFC 222 Fight Card: Betting Odds, Start Time For Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya

UFC 222 predictions Expert fight picks for Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya undercard

It might seem as a non-factor, despite its position as the night's main event, but Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino can not afford to overlook the challenge her opponent Yana Kunitskaya will present to her when the octagon doors close.

The number one contender in the featherweight division will be determined in the co-main event between Frankie Edgar and Brian Ortega. It's worth noting that Ortega stepped on a month's notice after reigning UFC Featherweight champion Max Halloway suffered an ankle injury.

The card begins at 6:30 p.m. with the UFC Fight Pass prelims, which are streamed online.

While Cyborg had run roughshod over most of the fighters willing to oppose her over the past decade, former UFC champion Holly Holm definitely presented her toughest challenge when they met this past December. It may seem like a mismatch on paper, but if indeed the massive underdog Kunitskaya managed to do the unthinkable and dethrone the dominant Brazilian, could you live with yourself if you missed it? Kunitskaya doesn't agree with the criticis and doubters and delivered a poignant message to them.

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"I think [Cyborg] is [the best ever] personally", Smith told MMAWeekly ahead of UFC 222. Justino is now almost a -2000 favorite on some sportsbooks, so the hope for this makeshift headliner is simply that it exposes more folks to the Brazilian's legendary brand of beatdowns and orients us toward a more palatable fight for her later this year.

- Don't know much about UFC 222? "But now I'm here and I'm very excited about this because we always talked about this, me and Jason, and I knew it would happen now and when the opportunities come, you have to be ready and prepared".

- Who will emerge victorious at UFC 222? Since 2008, Frankie Edgar has only lost in four title fights to Benson Henderson and Jose Aldo. We rank where he's at. This will be Kunitskaya's UFC debut. On the ground, Kunitskaya is not a poor offensive grappler, but even though we do not see it that often, Justino has massively improved her technical grappling over the years - a far cry from when she once momentarily pulled Gina Carano into full mount on top of her.

Steven Muehlhausen is an MMA and boxing writer and contributor for Sporting News.

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