The Ultimate Fighting Championship looks to close out 2017 with a bang. UFC 219 is the last event of one of the most entertaining years in combat sports history. The event is set for Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.
Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm (Championship Fight)
The main event features two of the greatest female fighters in the UFC’s history: Cris Cyborg, the most dominant female fighter in the history of mixed martial arts, and Holly Holm, the woman who brought an end to the Ronda Rousey hype train.
If there’s anyone who is capable of handing the women’s featherweight champion her first loss inside a cage in over 12 years, it’s Holm (11-3-0, 8 KOs).
Holly is arguably the most technically sharp female striker in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and her devastating knockout finishes of Rousey and Bethe Correia shows that she’s more than capable of finishing opponents inside the Octagon.
Holm will also enjoy a speed advantage when she squares off against Cyborg (18-1-0, 16 KOs). That combined with her technically sharp striking should lead to a very entertaining main event at UFC 219.
Regardless of how well Holm matches up against Cyborg on paper, the latter has earned her reputation as the scariest woman in MMA. She’s won 18 consecutive fights inside the cage, with her last 17 victories coming via KO. Her opponents are never the same when she’s done with them. She even retired the former face of women’s MMA, Gina Carano.
Getting past the first round against Cyborg would be a moral victory for most fighters.
Despite her long reign as women’s MMA, pound-for-pound queen, Cyborg does have limited experience competing in the championship rounds (rounds 4 and 5). She’s only made it to the fourth once, and she’s never had to get up for a fifth round in her entire MMA career.
That might very well be Holm’s key to victory at UFC 219. The longer she survives and drags Cyborg into deep water, the better her chances of emerging victorious.
Edson Barboza vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
The co-main event features MMA’s biggest Russian star Khabib Nurmagomedov and lightweight contender Edson Barboza who is coming off impressive wins against Antony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez, and Beneil Dariush.
It’s a classic grappler vs. striker matchup. Khabib (24-0-0, 8 KOs) has racked up eight consecutive wins inside the Octagon, primarily using his sambo skills to dominate his opponents on the ground. Barboza (19-4-0, 11 KOs), on the other hand, is a technically savvy striker who prefers to keep things standing inside the cage.
Whoever manages to impose his will on the other will likely emerge victorious at UFC 219.
Remaining UFC 219 fights:
- Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza
- Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny
- Dan Hooker vs. Marc Diakiese
- Khalil Rountree Michał Oleksiejczuk
- Myles Jury vs. Rick Glenn
- Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau
- Marvin Vettori vs. Omari Akhmedov
- Tim Elliott vs. Mark De La Rosa
You Can Watch The Event Live Without Cable With Sling TV Pay-Per-View
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For those of who you don’t catch the fight tomorrow, the fight will be available to replay until 1/2/2018.