Paid Members wandshogun09 Posted February 10, 2018 Paid Members Share Posted February 10, 2018 This one almost completely fell apart but we're back in Vegas on Saturday 3rd March for UFC 222. PPV MAIN CARDCris Cyborg vs Yana Kunitskaya - Featherweight Title Frankie Edgar vs Brian Ortega Sean O'Malley vs Andre Soukhamthath Stefan Struve vs Andrei Arlovski Cat Zingano vs Ketlen Vieira FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMSMackenzie Dern vs Ashley Yoder Beneil Dariush vs Alexander Hernandez John Dodson vs Pedro Munhoz Hector Lombard vs CB Dollaway FIGHT PASS PRELIMSMike Pyle vs Zak Ottow Bryan Caraway vs Cody Stamann Jordan Johnson vs Adam Milstead It's never ideal when half your PPV headliner is a 'some fucker' but, all things considered, I think they've done a good job holding together a strong card here. Overall it's better than I thought. Cyborg vs Kunitskaya then. Like I said, this fight was cobbled together at the last minute when the original Max Holloway vs Frankie Edgar main event fell out. This will be Cyborg's second defence of her UFC belt. She's 19-1-1 overall in her MMA career, she hasn't lost since her debut back in 2005 and she's 4-0 in the UFC now. Undoubtedly the most dominant and scary female fighter on the planet. She's coming off an impressive points win over Holly Holm at UFC 219 in December. Probably the most competitive fight in her MMA career to date, and she still mostly bossed it. Holm was the first opponent to go the distance with Cyborg since 2008! And she was the first to go 5 rounds with her. Cyborg is just that much of a wrecking machine. Yana Kunitskaya is the unknown element here. She's Russian, 28 years old, fights out of Jackson-Wink in Albuquerque, 10-3-1 record. She's got a Tae Kwon Do background, which I'm not sure we've seen Cyborg face before. She's fought for Invicta, M-1, Lion Fights, ACB and K-1. I think I've seen her fight once maybe. She could be decent. But it's pretty clear at this point that it's going to take a lot more than 'decent' to stop Cyborg's reign of terror. Edgar vs Ortega is ***WAND'S ONE TO WATCH*** as well as your 222 co-main event. I fucking love this fight. Frankie's been one of my favourites forever and Ortega is one of my favourites of the new wave. I hate that one of them has to lose but they should match up for a hell of a fight. Edgar doesn't lose unless you're something special. He's got 5 losses in his career, coming to 3 different guys. Prime Aldo, Benson Henderson when he was at his peak and Gray Maynard when he was a beast. Edgar's beat everyone else. People are always looking to count Edgar out or declare him to be old or on the decline or whatever but he showed in his complete dismantling of Yair Rodriguez last time out that he's got plenty left in the tank. Ortega is another bright prospect who Frankie is going to have to try to derail. He's undefeated at 13-0-1, he's a BJJ black-belt, still only 26 years old. He's got so much potential. I've been singing his praises for ages on here. He's not only really skilled, his always entertaining to watch fight as well. He's fought 6 times in the UFC and there hasn't been a dull moment yet. He's finished all his fights and, although BJJ is his bread and butter, he's not just a grappler. He's up for throwing hands and he's got a chin on him. He's just got a way of pulling submissions out of nowhere. He had a breakout 2017 as well. He had a tremendous fight with Renato Moicano on the Cormier vs Jones 2 undercard. Then he submitted Cub Swanson in a December Fight Night main event in what was his biggest win to date. This is a great, great fight. If Ortega pulls this off he's elite. You beat Frankie Edgar and you're a top guy, end of. In that sense Ortega has everything to gain here and Edgar has everything to lose. If Frankie wins he's where he was before. Fighting Holloway for the title. If Ortega wins he steals Edgar's title shot. O'Malley vs Soukhamthath will probably be fun. Sean O'Malley is 9-0 and gained notoriety from appearing on Dana White's Contender Series and scoring a huge knockout that had Dana, Snoop Dogg etc jizzing themselves dry. He's definitely someone that might be worth keeping an eye on. Still only 23 as well. Soukhamthath has had a few UFC fights, I know I've seen him before but can't remember much. He's 12-5 but hasn't been stopped yet. Struve vs Arlovski was originally co-main on this show, which went down a storm on here, before the card imploded and had to be rebuilt. I actually like this fight, it just had no business as a PPV co-main in 2018. Struve comes into this fight off a September stoppage loss to Alexander Volkov. Before that he'd rattled off 2 finishes over Daniel Omielanczuk and Bigfoot Silva. He's 28-9 now and he's been through the wars. He's basically a 7ft Joe Lauzon. He's battered. Hard to believe he's only just about to turn 30. He's been knocking around forever. Speaking of which, Arlovski is hanging by a thread. He's 39 years old and has looked on his last legs for some time now. He did win his last fight against Junior Albini (the nappy wearer) but before that he'd lost 5 on the bounce. Even in a division as unpredictable and unique as heavyweight, you just know these two are never getting in title contention at this stage of the game. But I still think there's a good fight to be had here. Zingano vs Vieira is a very interesting fight. I'm guessing most will look at these two names together and assume Cat Zingano wins this. But one, Zingano hasn't fought since UFC 200 back in July 2016. Two, she hasn't won since 2014. And three, Ketlen Vieira is underrated and undefeated. I'm a huge Zingano fan. I'd love to see her come back in style here. She's had so many setbacks and injuries it's ridiculous. And at 35, while she's not ancient or anything, she could do with getting shit done now. The division could do with her going on a run now. She holds a TKO win over the current champion Amanda Nunes. So a couple of standout performances and that's an easy rematch to sell. But like I said, Vieira is nobody to overlook. She's 9-0, a BJJ black-belt and submitted Sara McMann in September. Tricky fight for Cat to come back to after a near 2 year hiatus. Mackenzie Dern finally steps foot inside the Octagon. She's long been thought of as one of the most exciting young prospects in female MMA. She's 24 years old, 5-0 in MMA and she's a BJJ black-belt and former ADCC world champion. She's a serious grappler. One thing of concern though is that she's already missed weight at strawweight twice. So that's not good. Hopefully she's got that under control. She's got a long way to go as a complete mixed martial artist but there's lots of potential there and she's young enough that time is on her side. Yoder is 5-3 and has lost her last 2 fights. Very much feels like the UFC trying to ease Dern in gently here but you just never know. Green vs Dariush might be the sleeper FOTN on this show for me, actually. I've been saying for ages that Bobby Green is frustrating to watch and fights hot and cold. But in fairness he's looked pretty good lately. He beat Erik Koch in his most recent fight a few weeks back and had an awesome fight with Lando Vannata before that that ended on a draw. And Dariush is overlooked but he's beat some real good fighters like Jim Miller, James Vick and Michael Johnson. Tough guy, strong ground game. I like how these two match up. Dodson vs Munhoz was meant to go down on the Machida vs Anders card in Brazil the other week but Munhoz missed weight and Dodson refused to fight him at a catchweight. I hope it happens this time and I hope Munhoz smacks Dodson's annoying face off. Lombard vs Dollaway could be good but really, fuck knows with Lombard anymore. He's lost so much of his monster aura since USADA effectively neutered him. He's gone 0-4 since USADA got him, and has been finished in 3 of those 4 losses. He still looks dangerous whenever he attacks but he just can't sustain it like he used to. I can't stand Dollaway but he's tough, durable and relentless. And he's always well conditioned. On paper he's typical post-USADA Lombard kryptonite. We'll see. Lombard can probably still catch a lot of guys and put them out. I actually really like this card. There's a little bit of something to cover all tastes there, in my opinion. A dominant champ in Cyborg, a killer fight in Edgar vs Ortega, an intriguing young standout in Sean O'Malley, a heavyweight slugfest in Struve vs Arlovski, the return of Cat Zingano, the debut of Mackenzie Dern. Bit of everything. 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