Cyborg heavy betting favourite on UFC 222 odds for Saturday

Cris Cyborg

Check below to find picks from Las Vegas Sun's Ray Brewer (17-5 year to date), KSNV's Randy Howe (16-6), ESPN Radio's Steve Cofield (14-8) and Las Vegas Sun's Case Keefer (14-8) along with odds and breakdowns on every fight. Not all is lost, though.

The partnership starts with UFC 222, an event this Sunday headlined by the Women's Featherweight championship fight between Cris Cyborg and Yana Kunitskaya. 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? "I'm on the card with a friend of mine, "Sugar" Sean (O'Malley), and we have a lot of UFC fighters that are coming up, so everyone's getting all this attention and we're gonna have the UFC in Glendale soon, so it's good to take the craziness off me". This is what is particularly tough for the 28-year-old Russian. Kunitskaya has some clean, snappy boxing, and she sprinkles in quality kicking offense from distance once she gets her jab and one-two going. 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.

Cyborg agreed that she could tap the former boxing champion. If Justino wants to put the undersized Kunitskaya on the fence, she will do so. "I'm on vacation!'" she recalled with a laugh.

Brian Ortega, up until recently, might not have been a name that jumped off the page at anyone who wasn't deeply engrossed in all things MMA, but after his truly stunning second-round submission victory over Cub Swanson, the name "T-City" became synonymous with this Rener Gracie black-belt. Right now the best part of her game, of course, we've got all the skills, but she knows she's No. 1.




Not that long ago, the talk throughout MMA was whether "Cyborg" would take on bantamweight champ, Amanda Nunes next. Amazon has set the price at $64.99.

There are no rankings in what some refer to as "The Cyborg Division" because the UFC doesn't have 15 legitimate 145-pound women on the roster. Ortega is taking the fight on short notice and helping saving this card, . However, even an incarnation of "Cyborg" in less-than-ideal shape presents as stylistic poison for Kunitskaya.

After seeing the fight, Kunitskaya felt she saw a hole in Cyborg's game.

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