Despite some last minute card changes, UFC 222 is shaping up to be one of the most high stakes sporting events of the year. With a few fighters looking to continue their undefeated streaks at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on March 3rd, this solid card is something that hardcore MMA fans can’t wait to sink their teeth into. Let’s see what’s in store for us so far on March 3rd:
UFC 222 Main Event Card (PPV)
Cris Cyborg versus Yana Kunitskaya
Cris Cyborg and Yana Kunitskaya are set for the women’s featherweight championship on March 3rd. Being part of the UFC 222 co-main event, it will feature Cris defending her belt against newcomer Yana Kunitskaya, who has no history fighting with the UFC. If Yana is looking to make a splash in the UFC, beating Cris and winning the title might be the best way to make an entrance. However, Cris doesn’t play games (her nickname is Cyborg) and is looking to top off her career with an even 20 wins.
Frankie Edgar versus Brian Ortega
The other half of this co-main event finally found a replacement for Max Holloway, who was a late scratch from the card due to an leg injury. Thankfully (for us), his replacement is Brian Ortega, a beast who is quickly climbing the ranks with an undefeated streak. Since Ortega is no stranger to competing on short notice, he’ll be prepared to fight without hesisitation. Although this match won’t have former champ Frankie Edgar competing for the title, it will be entertaining to watch a fan favorite and a rising star go head to head in this co-headliner.
Sean O’Malley versus Andre Soukhamthath
This main card bantamweight fight features Sean O’Malley, a man who is looking to retain his undefeated streak against Andre Soukhamthath. Sean has a lot of hype around him and his performance in the ring justifies the hype. He recently signed with the UFC and he’s looking to prove his worth the investment at UFC 222. However, Andre has recently signed a five-fight deal with the UFC and is coming off of a recent win himself. This is a fight that you’ll likely be talking about around the water cooler tomorrow.
Andrei Arlovski versus Stefan Struve
Andre Arlovski is a former heavyweight champion who has been on the circuit for quite some time. However, his opponent Stefan Struve is no pushover and has quite a bit of experience himself. After bouncing back with a win (after five straight losses), Arlovski is looking to chalk up another win. Although Struve just recently suffered a loss, so he’s looking to get back on track with a win himself.
Cat Zingano versus Ketlen Vieira
At the end of the main card is bantamweights Cat Zingano and Ketlen Vieira. Ketlen has been impressing audiences with her flawless winning streak and she’s looking to continue it with Cat. Since Cat has been inactive for over a year, she has a lot riding on a win if she wants to prove that she deserves to remain in the top ranks.
UFC 222 Preliminary Card (FS1)
Mackenzie Dern versus Ashley Yoder
The prelim card is already looking pretty impressive, with the Dern and Yoder match making the top of the card. Dern is a undefeated strawweight prospect and a world champion grappler who is making her debut at UFC 222. Yoder has suffered two losses in her time at the UFC, so if she’s looking to prove her worth with the brand, she’ll have to make Dern look like a hamburger by the end of the match.
Beneil Dariush versus Bobby Green
Another match to look forward to, Bobby Green is fresh off of a win (after a two year drought) and ready to keep the momentum in his favor. Dariush has been missing in action since October 2016, so we’ll see if he remained sharp during his break.
John Dodson versus Pedro Munhoz
Being a fight that should’ve already happened at UFC Fight Night 125, John Dodson is a former title challenger and Munhoz is no slouch either (when he passes his drug test).
C.B. Dollaway versus Hector Lombard
C.B. Dollaway and Hector Lombard haven’t had the best past few fights. Both men have been trying to shake their losing streaks, meaning that they’ll have to give this fight all they have to keep their status. Will “The Lightning” prove that age is nothing but a number? Will “The Doberman” prove he still has his bite?
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Zak Ottow versus Mike Pyle
Mike Pyle is a vet making a return after a series of knockouts that kept him out of the MMA for quite some time. Zak Ottow is currently 2-2 and looking for redemption, so he’s going to have to hope that Pyle collected some dust during his break to pull out a victory.
Bryan Caraway versus Cody Stamann
Bryan Caraway is a bantamweight contender coming off of two back-to-back victories. However, Cody Stamann is dealing with a plethora of riches due to his winning streak of nine fights. Since these stars are looking to continue their current winning streaks, it looks like we might have an incredible fight on our hands.
Jordan Johnson versus Adam Milstead
With both being light heavyweight prospects, we’re already looking at a great match. Johnson is currently undefeated and Milstead is currently bouncing back from TKO loss, but this doesn’t mean we’ll be able to decide who the clear winner will be before the match happens.
Considering the lineup above, UFC 222 is looking to be a memorable night with plenty of action. The early match shakeups definitely made one question whether or not the PPV would be worth dropping your dollar on, but the talent that filled the gaps may have made many mixed martial arts fans turn the other cheek. Who wins? Who loses? We’ll find out on March 3rd.