At first, he was set for a spot in the main event, but when an injury befell the featherweight champion, Max Holloway, Frankie Edgar was forced to take a fight against one of the sport's most dynamic grapplers. She's a young 24-year-old fighter coming in with a flawless 5-0 MMA record. The UFC needed a main event and came calling to Cyborg and Kunitskaya.
She took advantage when she beat Tonya Evinger for the title at UFC 214 last summer and then defended it against Holm in December. "I think little by little, they're going to grow this division, like the men's division". I said that I needed to check my weight, train first and see how I'm feeling.
The UFC have been known, in the past, to put a few too many eggs in a basket or two that might not fully deserve it, (we're looking at you Paige VanZant), but in Dern, they could well have a world-beater on their hands. "But if you've got an idea that you think would work well with me, give me a call". She accepted the fight back then but was denied a visa to travel to the US multiple times.
Kunitskaya called out Cyborg in a tweet on January 25 and after Max Holloway was forced to withdraw from the UFC 222 main event with an ankle injury, she was booked against Cyborg in a replacement main event. During the interview, she was asked about a potential fight against Mayweather.
Cyborg agreed that she could tap the former boxing champion.
On Wednesday, Amazon announced it had purchased non-exclusive USA rights to UFC pay-per-view events, beginning with Saturday's UFC 222.
Rounding out this fight bout card is Sean O'Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath in a bantamweight bout.
In other UFC 222 action, Stefan Struve battles fellow heavyweight Andrei Arlovski as -190 chalk, while Ketlen Vieira is a -160 bet in her women's bantamweight clash with Cat Zingano.