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After successfully defending her featherweight crown for a third time earlier this month, Cristiane Justino made a distinctly UFC 222-themed donation to the homeless in downtown Los Angeles.
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Maybe it isn’t happening any more than usual, but lately it feels like crucial UFC main event fights keep failing apart.
When that happens, it jeopardizes the viability of the entire card, because a strong main event is expensive and that can leave a smaller budget to pay for the undercard.
For UFC 222, the strong main event was featherweight champ Max Holloway versus top challenger Frankie Edgar. Those guys command decent salaries, and have just enough star power to carry a weaker card. But Holloway had to bow out with injuries, and where did that leave the UFC? With a pay-per-view that had a crappy undercard and no main event.
So they called their current Band-Aid, and got her to fill in.
No, Cris Cyborg isn’t fighting Edgar (although that would be interesting…). She is, however, taking on Invicta FC bantamweight champ Yana Kunitskaya, with Edgar relegated to co-main event status opposite Brian Ortega.
Getting Cyborg into the cage no doubt costs a lot of cash. But it’s worth it. Kunitskaya is probably considerably less expensive given her Octagon inexperience, and Cyborg’s name carries enough mojo with the fans that people will likely tune in, even if it’s just to see her destroy some scrub. And that means the UFC gets to cover up the open, bleeding gash Holloway’s departure left UFC 222 with.
Thank God for Band-Aids, right?
A fight between the 135 and 145 pound women’s champions will go down July 7th … if the UFC can come to terms with Cyborg’s manager.
Building the women’s featherweight division will have to wait. First, it looks like champ Cris Cyborg will be taking on women’s bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes at UFC 226 on July 7th.
Cyborg herself announced the news on her Instagram account, which she noted would happen so long as her manager and the UFC can work out the bout agreement.
I have agreed to fight @amanda_leoa July 7th in Las Vegas as part of #UFC226 and #InternationalFightWeek. I am now waiting for my manager to work with the @ufc on a bout agreement so we can make #CyborgVNunes #TheSuperFight official.
I have agreed to fight @amanda_leoa July 7th in Las Vegas as part of #UFC226 and #InternationalFightWeek. I am now waiting for my manager to work with the @ufc on a bout agreement so we can make #CyborgVNunes #TheSuperFight official. #CyborgNation us versus them! =========================== Eu concordei em lutar contra @amanda_leoa 7 de julho em Las Vegas como parte de #UFC226 e #InternationalFightWeek Agora estou aguardando que meu manager trabalhe com o @ufc em um acordo para que possamos fazer o #CyborgVNunes #TheSuperFight oficial. #CyborgNação nós contra eles!
Cyborg was initially hesitant regarding the bout, asking the UFC to instead line her up with an actual 145 pound fighter rather than another 135 pound opponent. Now we just have to hope the details can be worked out. Past Cyborg fights haven’t come together easily, as many who have said they’re willing to fight Cris start getting awful squeamish as soon as a contract is sent their way.
That hesitance to sign a deal shouldn’t be taken as fear, though. Most opponents mainly want to be compensated fairly for stepping up in weight to fight the hard hitting Brazilian champ. In this case, we’re sure both Cyborg and Nunes will be demanding a chunk of the pay-per-view proceeds. Whether the UFC is willing to pay them what they feel they’re worth for this first ever superfight between female champs remains to be seen.
UFC 226 goes down July 7th from Las Vegas, Nevada and will anchor the promotion’s International Fight Week. As of this article, no other fights have been announced although flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson has voiced the possibility of another champion vs champion fight with bantamweight title holder TJ Dillashaw.