Headlining UFC 222 tonight is, according to the betting lines, one of the biggest mismatches in UFC title history. The tilt features Cris Cyborg, putting her featherweight title on the line, against UFC debutante Yana Kunitskaya, who briefly held the Invicta bantamweight belt last year.
It’s expected that Cyborg will demonstrate once again why she has been the most dominant female mixed martial artist on the planet. However, anything can happen in this sport, and if Kunitskaya can find her way to victory, this will be one of the most shocking and memorable nights (for hardcores) in recent memory.
The co-main event features Frankie Edgar, who was previously in the headline slot opposite the now-injured featherweight champion Max Holloway, looking to hold his number one contender status versus the surging, and undefeated, Brian Ortega. The winner of this bout will almost certainly be in line for a title shot. Will it be Edgar (again) or is Ortega really the next big thing at 145lbs?
The remainder of the PPV card would make a great FOX card. For $65, the UFC might be asking a little too much for the exciting, yet largely unknown, combination of Sean O’Malley and Andre Soukhamthath (who fight at bantamweight). Also on the card is Stefan Struve vs. Andrei Arlovski, which somehow has never happened before and Cat Zingano returning against hot prospect Ketlen Vieira.
The FS1 prelims features four fights tonight. That card is headlined by BJJ ace Mackenzie Dern making her Octagon debut against Ashley Yoder (at strawweight). The rest of the card has Beneil Dariush vs. late replacement Alexander Hernandez (lightweight), John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz (bantamweight), and C.B. Dollaway vs. Hector Lombard (middleweight).
The Fight Pass early prelims include three fights. Those are headlined by Mike Pyle’s ‘retirement fight’ against Zak Ottow in the welterweight division. Rounding out the card are bantamweights Bryan Caraway and Cody Stamann, and light heavyweights Jordan Johnson and Adam Milstead.
- If you’re in Vegas and wanting to watch the fights up-close, there are tickets still available on TicketMaster (not many, though).
- The first three fights of the night are available exclusively on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT.
- The UFC 222 pay-per-view card can be purchased online through UFC.tv. It begins at 10:00PM ET/7:00PM PT. The PPV can also be purchased through UFC Fight Pass.
- The pay-per-view is also available for purchase on the UFC's official YouTube channel.
- The FS1 prelim portion of the card is also available on the FOX Sports GO digital streaming service.
- For the first time ever, the PPV is also available for purchase on Amazon Prime.
- The prelims will air on FOX Sports 1 in the US, beginning at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.
- Almost every major cable or satellite provider offers the PPV in either standard or high definitions. A list of US carriers is available here.
- TV streaming services Apple TV, LG Smart Apps, Amazon FireTV, and Samsung Apps offer the UFC.TV app, which will show Fight Pass prelim bouts (if you have a Fight Pass membership). Fight Pass can also be accessed with Xbox Live.
- The PPV is also available for purchase using UFC.TV via Apple TV, Samsung Apps, Amazon FireTV, and LG Smart Apps, as well as Xbox Live and PlayStation Events (through their dedicated gaming consoles).
- Those with Android or Apple devices can watch the UFC 222 ppv, and Fight Pass prelims, on apps available at the Google Play and iTunes stores.
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