The UFC retains its last event of 2017 when it sets up the Octagon for UFC 219 in vegas on December 30. The major event will see the dominant Cristiane”Cyborg” Justino put her UFC featherweight title at stake against Holly Holm.
There is plenty to appreciate beyond the leading Principal event with the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Edson Barboza, Carlos Condit and Marc Diakiese on the card.
Cyborg vs Holly Holm
We observe Cyborg (-360) because she has made a career from destroying her enemies. Cyborg has always been among the most competitive fighters in the industry but the prior Invicta featherweight champion has learned to exploit that thanks to her time with Rafael Cordeiro. The real meat to her game is your jab, as Cyborg will throw the jab out until an opponent feels the necessity to fire back then she’ll counter with rapid, fight-ending intentions.
Cyborg is a huge fighter who possesses huge strength for tough clinch conflicts — though she is also technically well served in this region as well. Her natural equilibrium and core power make takedown attempts typically unsuccessful.
Holly Holm (+270) is at her best when she can dictate the distance and pace of the struggle. The former professional fighter is great at picking away at her competition from a distance thanks to her clean, smooth footwork. At this distance,”The Preacher’s Daughter” will throw a continuous diet of lefts and await her chance to counter. Although boxing was her very first sport, Holm has done a wonderful job adding kicks for her repertoire with the notorious Jackson-Wink oblique kick playing an integral role. When a fight gets dirty or she attempts to move forward, the former bantamweight champion is a great deal more hittable.
In terms of grappling, Holm is strong from the clinch and possesses excellent takedown defense. However, if an opponent can get Holm to the mat, then she does not offer much.
Holm is the stiffest challenge Cyborg has faced since Gina Carano eight years ago. Holm has the capacity to possibly frustrate Cyborg together with her movement and space control. Eventually, Cyborg’s aggressive fashion will neutralize these benefits.
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