The UFC holds its last event of 2017 as it sets up the Octagon for UFC 219 in Las Vegas on December 30. The main event will see the dominant Cristiane”Cyborg” Justino place her UFC featherweight title on the line against Holly Holm.
There’s plenty to love beyond the stellar main event with the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Edson Barboza, Carlos Condit and Marc Diakiese on the card.
Cyborg vs Holly Holm
We watch Cyborg (-360) because she has made a profession from ruining her opponents. Cyborg has ever been one of the most aggressive fighters in the business however, the prior Invicta featherweight champion has learned to harness that thanks to her time with Rafael Cordeiro. The real meat to her match is your jab, as Cyborg will throw the jab out until a competitor feels the necessity to fire back — then she will counter with rapid, fight-ending intentions.
Cyborg is a huge fighter who owns huge strength for demanding clinch conflicts — though she is also technically well served in this region as well. Her natural balance and core power make takedown attempts typically unsuccessful.
Holly Holm (+270) is at her best when she can dictate the distance and speed of the struggle. The former professional fighter is great at picking away at her opponent from a distance thanks to her clean, smooth footwork. At this distance,”The Preacher’s Daughter” tends to throw a continuous diet of lefts and wait for her chance to counter. Though boxing was her first game, Holm has done a wonderful job adding kicks to her repertoire with the infamous Jackson-Wink oblique kick playing an integral role. When a fight becomes dirty or she attempts to proceed, the former bantamweight champion is a great deal more hittable.
Concerning grappling, Holm is strong from the clinch and owns excellent takedown defense. But if an opponent can get Holm into the mat, she doesn’t offer much.
Holm is the stiffest challenge Cyborg has faced since Gina Carano eight decades ago. Holm has the capacity to potentially frustrate Cyborg together with her movement and space management. Eventually, Cyborg’s aggressive fashion will neutralize these benefits.