Cris Cyborg makes her second defense of the women’s featherweight title as she takes on Yana Kunitskaya. UFC 222 takes place March 3rd at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV with three prelims webcast at UFC Fight Pass, four broadcast on Fox Sports 1, and the five-fight main card broadcast as a PPV.
Cris Cyborg remains one the most successful fighters with a record of 19-1, the downside being she took a “no contest” due to a failed post-fight drug test. Cyborg entered the UFC the Invicta FC champion and has since gone 4-0 in the Octagon with her TKO of Tonya Evinger earning the vacant women’s featherweight title and a unanimous decision over Holly Holm being her first defense. 10-3 Yana Kunitskaya also holds a “no contest” but for her it was due to a premature referee stoppage in a bout that originally netted Kunitskaya the Invicta FC bantamweight title. That victory was over Tonya Evinger while her follow-up rematch to Evinger she lost by rear-naked choke in March 2017. After Evinger moved on to the UFC Kunitskaya won the Invicta bantamweight title with a unanimous decision over Raquel Pa’aluhi last August while this fight marks her Octagon debut.
In the co-main event #2 ranked featherweight Frankie Edgar faces #3 Brian Ortega. Former lightweight champion Edgar moved down to featherweight in February 2013 and has since gone 7-2 for an overall record of 22-5-1. Both of Edgar’s losses in this division were to #1 ranked Jose Aldo while his two most recent wins were over #5 Jeremy Stephens and #10 ranked Yair Rodriguez. Ortega is undefeated at 13-0 but holds one “no contest” due to failing a post-fight drug test. Since that “NC” Ortega picked up five wins in a row with his latest wins over Renato Moicano and Cub Swanson both earning a “Performance of the Night” bonus.
Topping the Fox Sports 1 card is former ADCC Worlds champion Mackenzie Dern making her UFC debut against Ashley Yoder. In MMA Dern is 5-0 with wins in LFC over Kenia Rosas and Montana Stewart, LFA over Katherine Roy and Mandy Polk, and most recent in Invicta FC over Kaline Medeiros. Yoder enters this bout 5-3 with a win over Amber Brown in Invicta FC but losses in her UFC appearances to Justine Kish and Angela Hill.
Prelims at UFC Fight Pass
- LHW: Jordan Johnson vs. Adam Milstead
- BW: Bryan Caraway vs. Cody Stamann
- WW: Mike Pyle vs. Zak Ottow
Prelims on Fox Sports 1
- MW: C.B. Dollaway vs. Hector Lombard
- BW: John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz
- LW: Beneil Dariush vs. Alexander Hernandez
- W Strawweight: Ashley Yoder vs. Mackenzie Dern
- WBW: Cat Zingano vs. Ketlen Vierira
- HW: Stefan Struve vs. Andrei Arlovski
- BW: Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath
- FW: Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega
- WWF title: Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya